Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez changed his plea from not guilty to no contest on a charge of drug abuse— a fourth-degree misdemeanor—and received one year probation and a $250 fine stemming from his marijuana-based arrest earlier this summer.
WKYC Cleveland reports that Perez was also ordered by the judge to speak to local youth about the “peril of marijuana.” Perez’ wife, Melanie, will be offered the opportunity to plea on a minor misdemeanor drug charge, which carries a maximum fine of $150 with no probation attached.
Perez and his wife were charged with criminal complaints this past June. Two packages were allegedly shipped to the Perez residence in Rocky River, Ohio. Both packages, containing marijuana, were addressed to Brody Baum, the name of the Perez family dog, and were accepted by Melanie. A search warrant was obtained following a multi-unit investigation which included the postal service and the Rocky River police department. Arrests were not initially made while the investigation took place, but the couple would later be subject to fourth-degree misdemeanor charges.
There is no word on any potential baseball-related fallout which may stem from the incident. On the season, Perez is 5-2 with a 3.15 ERA 21 saves (25 opportunities) for the Indians.