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Police are investigating a possible drug-related incident involving Indians closer Chris Perez in suburban Cleveland, according to multiple reports.

Rocky River (Ohio) police, U.S. postal inspectors and the West Shore Enforcement Bureau, a regional narcotics unit, searched Perez's rented home after a package was delivered there on Tuesday.

Authorities obtained a search warrant and found a controlled substance, which Rocky River Police Chief Kelly Stillman confirmed Wednesday is suspected to be marijuana.

A report early Wednesday by MLB.com that Perez and his wife had been arrested turned out to be erroneus. After tests are completed at a state crime laboratory, possible charges could follow.

"Depending on what it was and how much it was, charges will be filed accordingly," Stillman said.

Indians manager Terry Francona learned about it late Tuesday night.

"I spoke to Chris this morning," Indians manager Terry Francona said before Wednesday's game against the New York Yankees. "I called him just to make sure he was OK. Other than that, we have to allow the process to unfold. Out of respect to everybody involved, that's all I can say."

"Earlier this morning, we were made aware of a situation involving Chris Perez that occurred yesterday in Rocky River," general manager Chris Antonetti said in a statement Wednesday. "We have talked with Chris and are currently in the process of gathering additional information."

The 27-year-old reliever currently on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.

Perez received attention last month when he deleted his Twitter account after angrily responding to fans complaining about his performance on the mound. He has eight saves this season.

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