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Iowa’s All-Big Ten WR hit with multiple drug charges

Niles Brinkley, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos AP

A little over a week ago, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos was named first-team All-Big Ten by the conference’s coaches.

Eight days later, the Iowa wide receiver finds himself in the midst of multiple narcotics “issues”.

According to Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Johnson-Koulianos was arrested by Iowa City Police and charged with multiple counts of possession of controlled substances, keeping a drug house and two counts of unlawful possession of a prescription drugs.  He’s currently being held in the county jail ahead of a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday morning.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen said the criminal complaint filed against Johnson-Koulianos showed that police found cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs inside his residence, as well as $3,000 in cash.  The senior admitted he had used the drugs, and a subsequent urine test showed he had marijuana and other drugs in his system.

Head coach Kirk Ferentz said he is “highly disappointed to learn of the charges” and that “Derrell has been suspended from all team activities.”  The Hawkeyes were selected to play Missouri in the Insight Bowl Dec. 28, and it would seem unlikely he would be available given the seeming severity of the charges.

If so, Johnson-Koulianos would end his Hawkeyes career as the school’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yardage.  His 46 receptions and 745 yards receiving were both second to Marvin McNutt this season, while his ten touchdowns led the team.

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1 Response to “Iowa’s All-Big Ten WR hit with multiple drug charges”
  1. habibthomas says: Dec 8, 2010 2:05 AM

    Unfortunately, there are alot of student athletes doing this drug selling stuff. This might be a bigger problem than the Cam Newton type scandals.

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