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Chris Perez subject to investigation after "incident"

10:50 PM, Jun 5, 2013   |    comments
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ROCKY RIVER -- Cleveland Indians' pitcher Chris Perez is the subject of an investigation regarding a "situation" at his home here.

A search warrant was executed at the home of Chris Perez and his wife by Rocky River police Tuesday morning.

Police tell WKYC that multiple jurisdictions were involved.

In a noon press conference, Rocky River Police Chief Kelly Stillman confirmed that a package was delivered to the home at 19850 Parklane Drive in Rocky River on Monday where Perez and his wife, Melanie, and two small children are living as renters.

By midafternoon, Rocky River police confirmed that the package contained marijuana.

Cuyahoga County Auditor's Office records show that the home is owned by the Parklane Trust, with Dominic George listed as the trustee, as of April 23, 2012.

The 3,000-square-foot home is apparaised by the county at $325,600.

He said the Westshore Enforcement Bureau, the U.S. Postal Service's inspectors and the Rocky River Police were involved in the investigation.

Once the package was delivered, Stillman said a search warrant was obtained and the home was raided.

He said the package has been taken to the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation for examination.

Stillman said "It's no mystery that this is a controlled substance." Stillman said no criminal arrests have been made.

Stillman said "We've been to that home many times" but added that not while the Perez family has been living there. 

The Cleveland Indians have issued the following statement regarding a "situation" involving Perez.

"Earlier this morning we were made aware of a situation involving RHP Chris Perez that occurred yesterday in Rocky River," said Cleveland Indians GM Chris Antonetti. "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."

Former assistant prosecutor, Randy Klammer says the search warrant is a red flag. "There was a search subsequent to the drop off. That in my mind means they knew who their target was and the person in there was their target."

Klammer went on to say that if the package in question contained less than 100 grams, about the size of a stick of butter, the charge is just a minor misdemeanor.

The Rocky River Police Department said Perez could be charged for just accepting the package, but conviction is something else entirely.

Stay with WKYC for updates to this developing situation.


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