Iowa's Johnson-Koulianos Appears On Drug Charges
Standout Iowa receiver Derrell Johnson Koulianos made his court appearance on Wednesday on drug charges that have shocked Hawkeye fans and left his future in doubt. Johnson Koulianos, Iowa's leading receiver and a fan favourite is not accused of dealing drugs. But he is charged with allowing drugs to be used and likely sold from his home in a quiet neighbourhood several blocks from campus, and with possession of small amounts of cocaine and marijuana. Police say he tested positive and admitted to using both.
Decked out in big glasses and sports jacket over a turtleneck, Johnson Koulianos smiled for photographers as he entered the Johnson County courtroom. He stood with his hands behind his back as Judge Stephen Gerard read the seven charges against him and the potential jail time of up to 7 and a half years and fines he faces. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing and an arraignment date was not scheduled. He walked out of the courthouse without commenting and left in a car driven by defence attorney John Beasley, who also declined comment.
The 23 year old receiver and his roommate, 21 year old Brady Cooper Johnson, were charged on Tuesday after police officers raided their Iowa City home. Johnson Koulianos was released after posting $8,000 bond. Johnson made his initial appearance by video from the jail, where he was later released on $14,500 bond. The two are not related.
Pounds Of Pot Found In Shrimp Cans
More than 50 pounds of marijuana were found packed up in shrimp cans in a car and at a Licking County business on Tuesday. Troopers stopped a Buick travelling along Route 23 in Ross County for marked lanes violations and discovered 25 pounds of marijuana packed in five pound metal shrimp cans, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. Information in the car led investigators to a Licking County business, where another 28 pounds of pot were found.
Police have not released the name of the business or the address. The drugs were estimated to have a street value of roughly 120,000 dollars. The driver of the car a Mr. Jose Guzman was charged with drug possession and trafficking marijuana. Guzman aged 60 was held at the Ross County Jail, if convicted of his charged he could face up to 10 years in jail and a fine of 10,000 dollars.
Medical marijuana collective robbed
Two men carrying pistols walked into San Diego Herbal Alternatives on Oberlin Drive, south ofMira Mesa Boulevard, about 7:40 p.m and demanded money, police Officer David Stafford said.
The female employee handed over some money and the men left. Police had only sketchy descriptions of the robbers.
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Banned in Parts of LA County
As of the start of the new year, medical marijuana dispensaries will be banned in unincorporated Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted today to approve the ban by 4 to 1, given a 4-1 vote in favour of the ban two weeks ago a ban hasbeen in the works for several months.
The ban was proposed by Michael Antonovich, who believes having dispensaries in the area will create more crime and pose a safety threat to residents. Currently no permits have been authorized for medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in unincorporated areas, so if there are any such businesses operating right now, they are doing so illegally.
Those objecting to the ban could file suit against the County to block the ban. Ahead of the Board's vote there were protesters outside chanting "safe access now" and carrying signs. Inside the meeting, the ban was passed without comment and "no advocates appeared inside the hearing room" to speak on behalf of dispensaries.
Hornsby Cannabis Bust
Marijuana plants worth almost $1m were found in a home in Hornsby this morning along with a carpet python and several other animals allowed to live in disgusting conditions. Police officers arrived in Noble St at 7.30 in the morning where they found 185 cannabis plants being grown in a make shift hydroponic facility under a dilapidated home. They also found an amount of dry cannabis but the plants themselves are estimated by police to be worth roughly $925,000 street value.
Hornsby Council have also condemned the house which police said was covered in faeces from dogs and cats left to live in appalling conditions. Energy Australia attended and will prosecute the owner for bypassing the electrical grid to steal electricity.
The house at the end of a small cul-de-sac was run down and overgrown but had Christmas lights erected. A large amount of music equipment was piled up inside the open garage. It is thought the owner had been working as a DJ. A 24-year-old man will face Hornsby Local Court later today charged with cultivating a commercial amount of cannabis and supplying a prohibited drug.
Michigan Ave. Becoming Medical Marijuana Row
More than 60 medical marijuana businesses are registered with the city of Lansing, and 11 of them are on Michigan Ave. between US-127 and the river.
And that's not sitting well with many who live in the neighborhoods nearby. The Eastside Neighborhood Organization is made up of a handful of groups that represent all of Lansing's east side. The group sent Lansing City Council a letter last week, urging members to vote in favor of a ban on new medical marijuana establishments.
"I don't think they should all be clustered together, when we're trying make Michigan Ave. better," said Nancy Mahlow, the Eastside Neighborhood Organization president.
James Lerma opened Evolve Medical Marijuana Services two months ago, rushing to beat the moratorium. He vows to be a good neighbor, and plans to open his space to artists and bands.
"I hope the community embraces me, because I'm embracing them," Lerma said.
But neighborhood groups aren't happy about Michigan Ave., the gateway to the Capitol, turning into Lansing's medical pot capital.
"What does it say to our visitors, when they drive up and down, and all they see is medical marijuana?" Mahlow asked.
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