Tue. 12:07pm: Indians closer Perez guilty in marijuana case
ROCKY RIVER (AP) – Cleveland Indians two-time All-Star closer Chris Perez pleaded no contest and was convicted today of misdemeanor drug abuse for marijuana shipped to his home in the family dog’s name.
Perez withdrew his not guilty plea in Rocky River Municipal Court outside Cleveland and was found guilty and fined $250. He also was placed on probation for one year and was ordered to speak to youngsters about drugs.
“You’re highly regarded. Kids look up to you,” Judge Brian Hagan said. “But you made a big mistake. I hope that through your efforts you can deter someone else from making that same mistake.”
Postal inspectors tipped off police about suspicious packages mailed to the Perez home. They say Perez’s wife, Melanie, accepted two packages with about a third of a pound of marijuana.
The related criminal case against her is pending. If she passes a drug test, she will face a $50 fine and will not be required to serve probation, said prosecutor Michael O’Shea.