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By The Sports Xchange June 7, 2013 12:29 PM
Cleveland Indians pitcher Chris Perez and his wife, Melanie, were charged with misdemeanor drug abuse Friday, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Because the amount of marijuana found by police only contained 5.8 ounces, the couple were only charged with a fourth-degree misdemeanor. Chris Perez, 27, and Melanie, 29, were investigated by police after the package containing marijuana was delivered to their rental home in Rocky River, Ohio, earlier this week. The home was searched after U.S. postal inspectors and members of the Westshore Enforcement Bureau delivered the package on Tuesday. The couple were released on their own recognizance. "Clearly we take these matters seriously and are disappointed whenever there is any negative attention brought to the Indians organization or one of our players," general manager Chris Antonelli said in a statement. "We understand and respect that there is an ongoing legal process that we will allow to evolve."