Now a drug story of the non-performance-enhancing ilk: Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez is under investigation after authorities seized a package of marijuana allegedly mailed to his rental home in Rocky River, Ohio.
At a Wednesday afternoon press conference, some of which you can see via Cleveland TV station WKYC, Rocky River Police Chief Kelly Stillman described a multi-agency bust at the rental home of Perez and his wife.
Local police, U.S. postal inspectors, and a narcotics unit searched the home Tuesday, after the package was delivered Monday. Radio station WTAM reports a "significant amount" of marijuana was seized. Charges have not been filed against Perez, but that doesn't mean they won't eventually.
Here's what Stillman said about the investigation:
"It's a very high profile sports figure in our community. In fairness to the Perez family and to the sports teams of Ohio and to the Rocky River Police Department, we're doing this as we would in any other fashion. We're not doing anything different. We're not trying to make this any bigger than it is. ... If charges are forthcoming, I'll be the first to let you folks know. "
The Indians acknowledged the incident, but didn't say a heck of a lot. Here's manager Terry Francona, via MLB.com's Jordan Bastian and Zack Meisel:
"I can't say anything. I've talked to C.P. ... We are still looking into getting more information. Other than that, being respectful to the situation, there's nothing to say. That's kind of what it is."
General Manager Chris Antonetti issued a similar wait-and-see statement early Wednesday:
"Earlier this morning we were made aware of a situation involving RHP Chris Perez that occurred yesterday in Rocky River," Antonetti said. "We have talked with Chris and are currently in the process of gathering additional information. We will not have any additional comment at this time."
Perez, who is currently on the disabled list with an injured right shoulder, hasn't commented. He's already had a rocky season thus far, and this development sure isn't going to help.
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