Chris Perez's Pot Charge: Packages Addressed to Dog

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By Brett Snider, Esq. on June 11, 2013 11:31 AM

Cleveland Indians pitcher Chris Perez pleaded not guilty to pot charges filed against him and his wife Monday, after both were allegedly caught having marijuana delivered by mail -- in a package addressed to their dog.

Police were alerted to two suspicious packages which smelled like marijuana at the Rocky River, Ohio, post office, both of which were addressed to "Brody Baum." Brody is the name of the couple's dog, and Baum is the maiden name of Perez's wife, reports The Plain Dealer.

This one can't be blamed on the dog unfortunately, and Perez and his wife face drug charges for their doggone shenanigans.

Give a Dog a Search Warrant

After police found the packages at the post office, both of which were confirmed to contain marijuana, a search warrant was issued for the Perez home, reports the Associated Press.

A search warrant for a home requires a judge to confirm that there is probable cause to search the people and places named in the warrant -- in this case, the Perez couple and their home for evidence of illegal drug possession.

When an undercover agent delivered the packages to the Perez home, Chris' wife Melanie accepted the packages, claiming that the parcels for "Brody Baum" were intended for the family dog, reports the AP.

Perez Points Police to Pot

After the jig was up and cops combed the Perez home under a valid search warrant, Perez led the cops to marijuana and a metal pot grinder he had in the house, The Plain Dealer reports.

The pot charges, however, are focused on the packages the couple allegedly had mailed to them. Even though the amount is less than one pound, Perez faces a misdemeanor under Ohio law.

The MLB doesn't typically expel players for marijuana offenses, so Chris may only be required to do rehab, reports the AP.

And maybe apologize to his dog.

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