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Published: Monday, 6/10/2013

Indians closer Perez pleads not guilty in pot case


CLEVELAND — Cleveland Indians two-time All-Star closer Chris Perez and his wife have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor possession after marijuana was mailed to their home in their dog’s name.

The pleas were sent by fax to Rocky River Municipal Court on Monday by their attorneys.

The faxed pleas include a request that a requirement that the couple appear in person for a June 19 arraignment be dropped.

Police say postal inspectors tipped them to suspicious packages mailed to the Perez home and arranged a delivery last Tuesday under surveillance. Police say Melanie Perez accepted two packages.

Authorities say Melanie Perez, whose maiden name is Baum, told the undercover officer delivering the packages that they were intended for the family dog, named Brody. The package was addressed to Brody Baum.

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