Chris Perez, 27, voted in twice as the All-Star relief pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, pleaded no contest and was convicted on Sept. 3 of “misdemeanor drug abuse for marijuana shipped to his home in the family dog's name.”
Fox Sports reported that Perez withdrew his original not guilty plea in an Ohio courtroom today where he was found guilty and fined $250.00.
''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.''
In addition to his fine, Perez also received one year on probation, “and was ordered to speak to youngsters about drugs.”
Perez was arrested on June 6 along with his wife Melanie, 29, and charged with misdemeanor drug possession after being caught accepting delivery of approximately one-third of a pound of marijuana that came shipped to the couple’s home in Ohio.
When asked by the drug agents searching his home if he had any drugs or weapons on the premises, Perez cooperated by pointing the agents to a few mason jars’ worth of weed he kept handy for his personal use, according to U.S. News.
The investigative report stated:
"He pointed out a number of items of paraphernalia along with two separate 'mason' jars containing a green vegetable matter suspected of being marijuana."
Local police were tipped off to the Perez’ suspicious activities after postal inspectors noticed suspicious packages being delivered to their home.
The criminal case against Perez’s wife, Melanie, is still pending.
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