Posted by Adam Jacobi
Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, a senior Iowa wide receiver who recently set school records for career catches and career receiving yardage, was arrested on several drug charges on Tuesday night. According to The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Johnson-Koulianos' seven total charges include possession of cocaine, marijuana, and prescription drugs, and he and his roommate were both charged with keeping a drug house.
Here's more from the police report:
Johnson-Koulianos, 23, and roommate Brady Cooper Johnson, 21, both of 1128 E. Washington St., were taken into custody around 1:50 p.m. Wednesday after officers executed a search warrant as part of a drug investigation, criminal complaints state.
Investigators found more than $3,000 in cash, marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs in the house, police said.
Officers located a small amount of marijuana in Johnson-Koulianos’ bedroom. Upon arrest, Johnson-Koulianos told police he smokes marijuana and that he’d smoked it within the past 24 hours. A urine test showed a preliminary positive for marijuana and other drugs, criminal complaints state.
A urine test administered by arresting officers showed a preliminary positive for marijuana and cocaine, criminal complaints state. Johnson-Koulianos admitted to using cocaine after investigators found residue of the drug in his bedroom, complaints state.
Johnson-Koulianos told arresting officers that various prescription pain killers and muscle relaxers police found in his bedroom were also his, and that “he gets them from friends” and takes them without having a prescription.
The "keeping a drug house" charge requires some explanation; it's an aggravated misdemeanor that basically means that residents were aware that drugs were in use in the house. It's a serious charge, but one that seems to be more auxiliary to other drug charges -- sort of like the tax stamp charges that often get brought against drug dealers who don't pay taxes on the drugs they sell -- than a separate bad act that independently compounds the situation. In other words, it's the sort of charge that can go away under the terms of a plea deal without materially altering the substance of the criminal complaint.
At any rate, given that Johnson-Koulianos freely admitted to police his drug use and possession, and given the level of narcotic activity going on at his house, this might not only end his collegiate career but his NFL prospects as well, while Johnson-Koulianos wasn't projected for the first round of the draft or anything, he did appear to have something of a future in the league. But in the NFL, character is important -- especially for the players who don't have the talent necessary to at least mitigate off-the-field distractions.
Of course, it's worth reiterating that Johnson-Koulianos is still innocent until proven guilty, and he's owed his day in court just like everyone else. Being that he has freely admitted basically everything to the police straight away, according to the complaint, it seems like he's trying to mitigate the damage by fully cooperating with the police, and that probably couldn't hurt when it comes time to see the judge. Still, the player they call DJK is in a lot of trouble right now, and it would not be surprising to never see him in a football uniform again. For a kid who grew up basically fending for himself then turning his life around in a big way after being adopted , that would be an ignominious end to the last four years.