Neighbors React to Johnson-Koulianos Arrest
By Mark Carlson, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - What had been a quiet day along the 1100th block of East Washington Street in Iowa City, quickly changed Tuesday afternoon.
“I was getting ready to go to class, and I just saw an undercover cop out there,” said neighbor Stephen Smith, “I saw him walk in with a sledge hammer, which I don’t know what that was for, and I saw people in nice suits.”
Smith said he has been living in his house down the street from Johnson-Koulianos since the beginning of the school year.
“A lot of people were always over on Saturday nights after a home game, but other than that it’s pretty quiet.” said Smith.
Smith was alarmed to learn the news about his football star neighbor, but he was overly surprised.
“I just knew he (Johnson-Koulianos) was in trouble for something, he’s just the kind of guy to be getting in trouble,” said Smith.
Smith’s fiance, Katy Klinefelter, also recalls the incident as something that didn’t leave her in shock. She said she’s had a few run-ins with “DJK” in the past.
“I’ve had a couple of interactions where I am walking home, and he didn’t recognize who I was, and he said a few nasty things (to me),” she said.
Police arrested Iowa's leading wide receiver and his roommate after finding marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs in their Iowa City house.
Derrell Johnson-Koulianos faces seven misdemeanor charges and faces up to 8 years in prison.
He faces four counts of possession of controlled substances, two counts of unlawful possession of prescription drugs and one count of keeping a drug house, which are all misdemeanors. Investigators found more than $3,000 in cash, marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs in the house during the search
His roommate, Brady Johnson, face three misdemeanor charges and a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver. Johnson faces up to 9 years in prison.
Police say they had identified the house where Johnson-Koulianos lived as a drug house, and that's why they moved in.
"To us, these two are no different than any other drug dealers or drug users,” said Iowa City Police Officer Denise Brotherton
As of Wednesday night, D.J.K. and his roommate were both out of the Johnson County Jail.
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