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Indians' Perez, wife pleads guilty to drug charges

Cleveland Indians Carlos Santana (L) and pitcher Chris Perez celebrate their 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 10, 2012. UPI/Bill Greenblatt | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/88edd2b77604b2207242f92b0293afdb/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Cleveland Indians Carlos Santana (L) and pitcher Chris Perez celebrate their 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 10, 2012. UPI/Bill Greenblatt | License Photo

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Cleveland Indians pitcher Chris Perez pleaded no contest Tuesday to drug abuse, a fourth degree misdemeanor, in Rocky River, Ohio court.

In June, a six-ounce bag of marijuana was mailed to his Ohio home from Los Angeles, addressed to Brody Baum. Perez' dog's name is Brody, and his wife's maiden name is Baum.

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Police seized the package, as well as several items of drug paraphernalia found in a basement kitchen, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported.

Perez, 28, was sentenced to a $250 fine and a year in probation

In addition to the sentence, Perez must complete Major League Baseball's drug treatment program, and present a talk to a local high school about the dangers of drugs during his period of probation, Municipal Judge Brian Hagan ruled.

Perez' wife, Melanie, also appeared in court Tuesday and entered a plea to minor drug possession. She must pay a $50 fine but will not be required to serve probation if a hair follicle test comes up clean, City Prosecutor Michael O'Shea said.

Defense attorney Terry Gilbert said Perez is already participating in Major League Baseball's "very rigorous" drug treatment program, is subject to regular drug tests and "for all intents and purposes, his life is on a good track."

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