Killjoy: Star Iowa Receiver’s Seven Drug Charges

Back in September, Iowa Hawkeyes star wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos posted this message on his Facebook account:

Johnson-Koulianos: Seven Drug Charges

Finally Captain Kirk has put my issues with the media to bed! For those who read his comments today, there you have it! Coach Killjoy and Mr. Fun-Haver have reached a mutual agreement - Playing time over T.V. time! Some may be disappointed with my decision, but I feel it is unnecessary to jeopardize this opportunity for a few media sound bites. See you in January! M.P.O.D.

Decoded: Iowa Coach Kirk “Captain Killjoy” Ferentz had told Johnson-Koulianos, Iowa’s career leader in receptions and receiving yardage and a first-team all-Big Ten selection this season, to stop talking to the media.

Before Johnson-Koulianos’s Facebook message, Mike Hlas of the CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE reported this exchange on Sept. 29, 2010 between Ferentz and the Iowa media.

Q. Doesn’t seem like he wants to talk to us this year. Did we do something to make him mad?

COACH FERENTZ: I don’t think you did. I think he loves you guys actually, talking in general terms. You can move in with him in January. Help yourself. I told him that, too. He can Twitter. Can have a ball (laughter).

From the news out of Iowa City this morning, it turns out the media was the least of  Johnson-Koulianos’s worries.

Marc Morehouse of the Gazette reported early Wednesday

Derrell Johnson-Koulianos 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.

Johnson-Koulianos was released from Johnson County Jail after posting $8,000 bail Tuesday.

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.

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

Other drugs confiscated from the house:

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.

While police have not confirmed, the terms “electronic media” and “drug house” seem to indicate that a previous investigation led to the drug bust. All indications are that Johnson-Koulianos, who was charged with misdemeanors, was living in a drug dealer’s house - and admittedly enjoyed the benefits of that arrangement. (Arrest report)

After news of the arrest broke, Ferentz suspended Johnson-Koulianos from “all team activities” but did not say if the receiver would play in the upcoming Insight Bowl.

“Mr Fun-Haver” indeed.