Johnson Koulianos Arrested for Drug Possession

By Marc Morehouse, Reporter

Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos walks away from the Johnson County District Court House with his attorney John Beasley following his initial appearance Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 in Iowa City, Iowa on a variety of drug charges after investigators found cocaine, marijuana and other prescription drugs in his Iowa City home. (Brian Ray/ SourceMedia Group News)

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — A search warrant allowing police to search the home of Derrell Johnson-Koulianos has been sealed for at least 90 days by the Sixth Judicial District Court of Johnson County.

The document says the investigation is still ongoing and public release of information contained in the warrant may hinder or interfere with the investigation.

Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos waived a preliminary hearing at his initial court appearance at Johnson County District Court this morning.

Johnson-Koulianos posted $8,000 bail and was released from Johnson County Jail custody Tuesday night.

The Iowa football standout entered the courthouse wearing a black sport jacket, gray turtle neck, gray slacks, gray shoes and sunglasses with his attorney, John Beasley for his 8:30 a.m. hearing.

Johnson-Koulianos did not say anything to the judge as his attorney spoke for him. Sixth Judicial District Judge Stephen Gerard granted the attorney’s wish to waive a preliminary hearing and authorized Johnson-Koulianos to be released on the bond he posted Tuesday night. A trial date was not officially set Wednesday morning.
Johnson-Koulianos kept a reserved and stoic demeanor while in the court room, only talking back and forth with his attorney. When asked for comment after the initial hearing, Johnson-Koulianos shook his head as his attorney said, “He has no comment.”

Johnson-Koulianos, Iowa’s career leader in receptions and receiving yardage, was a first-team all-Big Ten pick this season. He caught 46 passes for 745 yards and 10 TDs this season.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz issued the following statement Tuesday night: “I am highly disappointed to learn of the charges. Derrell has been suspended from all team activities.”

Johnson-Koulianos, 23, and roommate Brady Cooper Johnson, 21, both of 1128 E. Washington St., were taken into custody around 1:50 p.m. Tuesday after officers executed a search warrant as part of a drug investigation, criminal complaints state.

Johnson-Koulianos, a Campbell, Ohio, native, faces seven charges: four counts of possession of controlled substances, two counts of unlawful possession of prescription drugs and one count of keeping a drug house. These are all misdemeanors. Investigators found more than $3,000 in cash, marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs in the house during the search, police said. The circumstances which prompted the search were not known Tuesday night.

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 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 array of pain and anxiety medications included Dilaudid, Diazepam, Hydroxyzine Pamoate and Zolpidem Tartrate, criminal complaints state. Dilaudid is a used to relieve moderate to severe pain, while Diazepam is used to treat anxiety.

Brady Johnson was found with Xanax and Promethazine Hydrochloride, criminal complaints state. Xanax and Promethazine Hydrochloride are both used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.

Officers also reported finding “electronic media” showing Johnson-Koulianos in possession of cocaine and marijuana, complaints state.

Brady Johnson faces charges of possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance – second offense, unlawful possession of a prescription drug and keeping a drug house. Johnson is accused of selling “large amounts” of marijuana, investigators wrote in a criminal complaint. These are misdemeanors except for the possession with intent to deliver, which is a Class D felony with a maximum sentence of five years.

After media day in August, Ferentz banned Johnson-Koulianos from speaking to the media for undisclosed reasons. Ferentz did relent after Johnson-Koulianos set the yardage record at Michigan, but Johnson-Koulianos declined.

Johnson-Koulianos didn’t start in Iowa’s finale against Minnesota. Ferentz said that was because senior wide receiver Colin Sandeman had a better week of practice.

Johnson-Koulianos’ personal Facebook and Facebook fan pages were deleted Tuesday evening. He had around 5,000 followers.

Read the Criminal Complaint:


A compilation of some University of Iowa student athletes who appeared in The Gazette for their arrests or citations before Derrell Johnson-Koulianos. The arrests are allegations only and do not reflect convictions.

Name, sport, arrested for (date of alleged crime):
* Montel Marion, UI wrestling, drunken driving (2010); public intoxication/disorderly conduct (2008); willful injury (2005)
* Broderick Binns, UI football, drunken driving (2010)
* Jewel Hampton, UI football, public intoxication (2010)
* Jordan Bernstine, UI football, public intoxication (2010)
* James Ferentz, UI football, public intoxication (2009); possession of alcohol under the legal age (2008)
* Adrian Clayborn, UI football, assault causing injury (2009)
* Zachary Derby, UI football, public intoxication (2009)
* Anthony Tucker, UI basketball, public intoxication (2009)
* Kyle Calloway, UI football, drunken driving (2009)
* Shaun Prater, UI football, drunken driving (2009)
* Tyler Christensen, UI football, public intoxication/criminal mischief (2009)
* Harold Dalton, UI football, interference with officials acts/disorderly conduct/public intoxication (2008)
* Dezman Moses, UI football, public intoxication (2008)
* Riley Reiff, UI football, public intoxication and interference with official acts (2008)
* James Cleveland, UI football, drug tax stamp violation and unlawful possession of prescription drugs (2008)
* Ryan Donahue, UI football, possession of alcohol under legal age (2008)
* Arvell Nelson, UI football, possession of marijuana (2008); driving while suspended (2007)
* Colby Covington, UI wrestling, drunken driving/eluding police (2008)
* Abe Satterfield, UI football, sexual assault (2007)
* Cedric Everson, UI football, sexual assault (2007)
* Dana Brown, UI football, domestic abuse assault (2007)
* Clint Huntrods, UI football, interference with official acts/public intoxication/urination in public (2007)
* Ricky Stanzi, UI football, possession of alcohol under legal age (2007)
* Dominique Douglas, UI football, unauthorized use of credit cards (2007)
* Anthony Bowman, UI football, unauthorized use of credit cards (2007)
* Ryan Bain, UI football, interference with official acts/public intoxication/disorderly conduct (2007)
* Bradley Fletcher, UI football, drunken driving (2007)
* Lance Tillison, UI football, drunken driving (2007)
* Ben Evans, UI football, drunken driving (2007)
* Tyler Gerstandt, UI football, possession of alcohol under legal age (2007)
* Brandon Myers, UI football, interference with official acts/public intoxication (2007)
* Austin Postler, UI football, drunken driving (2006)
* Antwan Allen, UI football, assault causing injury (2005)
* Paul Summers, UI gymnastics, sexual exploitation of a minor/child pornography (2004)
* Matthew Roth, UI football, public intoxication and use of Iowa driver’s license belonging to another person (2003)
* Pierre Pierce, UI basketball, sexual assault (2002)
* Benny Sapp, UI football, public intoxication/disorderly conduct/interference with official acts (2002)
* Bob Sanders, UI football, drunken driving (2002)
* C.J. Jones, UI football, drunken driving (2001)
* Sean Sonderleiter, UI basketball, marijuana possession (2002)
* Ben Sobieski, UI football, public intoxication (2000); public intoxication/public urination/ unlawful use of a driver’s license (1998)
* Ryan Loftin, UI football, extortion and theft [playbook] (1999)
* Chris Kingsbury, UI basketball, public intoxication (1995)
* Ray Thompson, public intoxication/simple assault/interference with official acts (1989)

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