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Closer Perez found guilty on drug charge

CLEVELAND -- Indians closer Chris Perez was found guilty of misdemeanor drug abuse in Rocky River Municipal Court on Tuesday.

Perez, who pleaded no contest after withdrawing his not guilty plea, was convicted and issued a $250 fine, according to The Associated Press. The right-hander was placed on probation for one year and was ordered to speak to students about drugs.

"You're highly regarded; kids look up to you," said Judge Brian Hagan, according to the AP. "But you made a big mistake. I hope that through your efforts you can deter someone else from making that same mistake."

Perez is participating in Major League Baseball's drug treatment program.

In early June, postal inspectors informed police of suspicious packages mailed to Perez's home in Rocky River, Ohio, which is on the west side of Cleveland. Perez's wife, Melanie, accepted two packages that were reported to contain about one-third of a pound of marijuana.

According to the AP, the criminal case against Melanie Perez is pending and, if she passes a drug test, she will face a $50 fine without needing to be placed on probation.

Chris Perez, 28, has posted a 3.15 ERA with 21 saves in 25 chances this season for Cleveland.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian.

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