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Iowa football: Derrell Johnson-Koulianos arrested on drug charges

[ 82 ] December 7, 2010 |

Derrell Anthony Johnson-Koulianos

The University of Iowa’s all-time receiving leader was arrested Tuesday on numerous drug-related charges.

According to Iowa City criminal complaints, police found marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs inside Derrell Johnson-Koulianos’ residence during a search Tuesday afternoon. Police said Johnson-Koulianos admitted to using the drugs and a urine test indicated a presence of drugs in his urine. Johnson-Koulianos also allegedly had electronic media showing him in possession of drugs.

Coach Kirk Ferentz acted quickly when news of Johnson-Koulianos’ arrest reached him.

“I am highly disappointed to learn of the charges,” Ferentz said in a statement. “Derrell has been suspended from all team activities.”

Johnson-Koulianos holds the school career records for receptions (173) and receiving yards (2,616). He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior after catching 46 passes for 745 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Johnson-Koulianos did not start the regular-season finale at Minnesota, but he scored a pair of touchdowns. He needed one touchdown reception to tie the school single-season record.

Brady Cooper Johnson

Johnson-Koulianos spoke to reporters in August at Iowa’s media day, but he was barred from interviews after that. Ferentz lifted the ban in October after Johnson-Koulianos broke the school record for receiving yards, but Johnson-Koulianos declined.

According to police documents, Iowa City Police Street Crimes investigators were conducting a drug investigation on Johnson-Koulianos’ roommate, 21-year-old Brady Cooper Johnson. Police served a search warrant at the residence they shared at 1128 E. Washington St. at 1:50 p.m. Inside, officers allegedly found marijuana, over $3,000 cash, a digital scale and other items used in the sale of drugs.

Police said they found cocaine, small quantities of marijuana and pamoate, diazepam, hydromorphone hydrochloride and zolpidem tartrate pills in Johnson-Koulianos’ bedroom. Pamoate is one of the two formations of hydroxyzine, an antihistamine used to treat mild anxiety, insomnia, motion-sickness, itching and allergies and is known as an effective sedative and tranquilizer. Diazepam is used to treat anxiety, insomnia and seizures. Hydromorphone hydrochloride is a narcotic analgesic which Johnson-Koulianos allegedly told officers he takes to help with pain, according to police. Zolpidem tartrate is used to treat insomnia.

Johnson-Koulianos did not have a prescription for the various drugs.

Police said Johnson-Koulianos admitted to smoking marijuana and said he smoked within a day of his arrest. Johnson-Koulianos also admitted to using cocaine and the prescription pills, police said. Johnson-Koulianos said he “gets (the pills) from friends,” according to the criminal complaint.

Police said Johnson-Koulianos “admitted he knew drugs were being used and likely sold out of the residence.”

Brady Johnson has a previous drug conviction from 2009, according to police.

Johnson-Koulianos has been charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of unlawful possession of prescription drugs and keeping a drug house. The six possession charges are serious misdemeanors, which each carry a potential sentence of one year in prison. Keeping a drug house is an aggravated misdemeanor, which carries a potential sentence of two years in prison.

Brady Johnson has been charged with possession of a controlled substance – second offense, an aggravated misdemeanor; controlled substance violation, a class D felony; keeping a drug house and unlawful possession of a prescription drug.

Johnson County Jail officials said Johnson-Koulianos posted an $8,000 prior to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Johnson remains in custody on a $10,000 bond.

Johnson-Koulianos and his Iowa City attorney John Beasley did not return messages seeking comment Tuesday night.

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