Search Warrant Released for Johnson-Koulianos Arrest

By Clark Cahill, 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)


By Aaron Hepker

IOWA CITY, Iowa — After a ninety-day seal was ordered on the search warrant which led to the arrest of former Hawkeye Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and his roommate, Brady C. Johnson, the warrant has been made available to the public.

According to the warrant, police executed a search warrant at an undisclosed Iowa City address on December 2, 2010. During the search, officers found approximately one half pound of marijuana. During an interview with the suspect, who police identify as SI-132, he told police he received the marijuana from Brady Johnson.

Police began conducting surveillance of Johnson’s residence at 1128 E. Washington Street. On Dec. 6, an officer observed a male exit the residence and leave in a vehicle. The officer pulled the male over for a traffic violation and a drug detection dog alerted the officer to the presence of drugs. Police found an eighth ounce of marijuana during a search of the vehicle.

Again, officers interviewed the suspect, who they identify as SI-133, and he told police he received the marijuana from Brady Johnson.

With this information, police obtained a search warrant for Brady Johnson’s address on Dec. 7 and executed the warrant the same day. During the search, investigators found more than $3,000 in cash, marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs in the house.

During a search of Johnson-Koulianos’ room, police found marijuana, bags containing cocaine residue, and an array of pain and anxiety medications he did not have a prescription for. Medications included Dilaudid, Diazepam, Hydroxyzine Pamoate and Zolpidem Tartrate. Dilaudid is a used to relieve moderate to severe pain, while Diazepam is used to treat anxiety.

Police also found electronic media showing Johnson-Koulianos in possession of cocaine and marijuana, the warrant states.

Johnson-Koulianos, a Campbell, Ohio, native, originally faced 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.

As a result of the arrest, Johnson-Koulianos was suspended from the football team before it played against Missouri in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 28.

Johnson-Koulianos, Iowa’s all time leader receptions and receiving yardage, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana on Jan. 24 in exchange for all other charges being dismissed. He was granted a deferred judgment, which means if he completes one year of unsupervised probation without further violations the offense would be cleared from his record.

He was also ordered to undergo a substance abuse evaluation within 30 days, provide a clean urine analysis within 10 days, notify the Johnson County Clerk of Court of any changes of address and pay a $315 civil penalty.

Brady Johnson was charged with 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. He pleaded not guilty to all charges on Jan. 24 and is scheduled to stand trial May 2.

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