Marijuana package shipped to Cleveland Indians closer Chris Pérez

Charges are pending investigation Photo: AP

LOS ANGELES, May 28, 2013 — The DEA is investigating a package of marijuana that was sent to the home of Cleveland Indians closer Chris Pérez in Rocky River, OH, which is a suburb outside of Cleveland that sits on Lake Eerie. According to the Associated Press, no charges have been filed.

The package has been sent to a crime lab for analysis. “Depending on what it was and how much it was, charges will be filed accordingly,” Rocky River Police Chief Kelly Stillman said.

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The state of Ohio decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana, up to 20 grams, in 1975. Since 2012, 100 grams or less of the plant is considered just a minor misdemeanor and can bring a $150 fine and a sixth month driver’s license suspension, which can be increased up to five years.

Chris Pérez, currently on the disabled list with an injury to his throwing shoulder, has struggled this season. He has appeared in 17 games with an ERA of 4.32 and a WHIP of 1.50. The closer has six saves this year.

Pérez owns a career 3.29 ERA and 113 saves in six seasons, mostly with Cleveland. He broke into the big leagues in 2008 with the St. Louis Cardinals after being drafted with the 42nd pick of the first round of the 2006 draft. Pérez was sent to Cleveland with a player to be named later for Mark DeRosa.

The Cleveland Indians appear to be doing their own research as well after speaking with Pérez. The right hander was supposed to start a throwing program this week to start his rehabilitation from the injury.

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According to the Associated Press, a search warrant was served at the Perez house in Rock River. Agents took unspecified items.

Chris Pérez has made himself a player the fans could really do without. In recent years he has criticized both the fans and the management. Depending on what comes to light in the investigation and possible charges that arise, Pérez may have just punched his own ticket out of Cleveland.

Major League Baseball will also have the chance to punish Pérez if they find that he violated MLB’s Joint Drug Agreement. The first violation of the agreement could bring a 50 game suspension from the Commissioner’s office.

Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music.  Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball

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Kevin J Wells

Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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