Indians closer Chris Perez and his wife have been charged with misdemeanor drug possession.
Earlier this week the story broke that Perez was being investigated for allegedly having had drugs delivered to his home. Cleveland's ABC News Channel 5 now reports charges have been brought. The charges apply to both Perez and his wife Melanie, after a search warrant was served at their home in Rocky River and 164 grams of marijuana (a little over a third of a pound) were found. Perez and his wife have been released on bond and will be arraigned on the morning of Wednesday, June 19.
The couple rents a home that had previously been connected with illegal drugs, leaded some to speculate that this was some sort of misunderstanding, but local police clearly do not feel that to be the case and have said that the previous owners are not being investigated in connection with this situation.
Paul Hoynes has details on the arrest, including the addressee:
Inside one of the Priority Mail packages mailed from Los Angeles was 6.2 ounces of marijuana concealed in four separate Ziplock bags, which were in two containers wrapped in a shirt, according to the postal inspector report. The second package had 3.45 ounces in two Ziplock bags, two containers and wrapped in a white towel. The bags were coated in Vaseline, the report said.
According to the report, at around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday an undercover officer dressed as a postal carrier delivered the packages, addressed to Brody Baum at the Parklane address. Brody is the name of the Perez dog. Baum is Melanie Perez's maiden name.