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Indians closer Chris Perez, wife charged with marijuana possession

June 07, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • The booking photos, provided by the Rocky River, Ohio, Police Department, show Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Chris Perez and his wife, Melanie.
The booking photos, provided by the Rocky River, Ohio, Police Department,… (Associated Press )

Chris Perez, an All-Star closer with the Cleveland Indians, has been charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and told drug agents he had pot in his home for personal use, according to investigative reports acquired by the Associated Press.

Asked if he had any drugs before officers went in to his Rocky River, Ohio, house Tuesday, “Perez responded that he had 'personal use' marijuana in the basement and volunteered to direct the officers to the location of it,” the investigative report said.

“He pointed out a number of items of paraphernalia along with two separate jars containing a green vegetable matter suspected of being marijuana,” it said.

Perez, 27, and his wife, Melanie, were charged Friday with misdemeanor drug possession. 

“We ask that people not rush to judgment. We are confident of a favorable outcome,” attorney Terry Gilbert said.

“Clearly we take these matters seriously and are disappointed whenever there is any negative attention brought to the Indians organization or one of our players,” Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti said in a statement. “We understand and respect that there is an ongoing legal process that we will allow to evolve.”


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