LOGAN — A 24-year-old former Utah State football player, who pleaded guilty to dealing drugs, was sentenced to 30-days in jail.
Christopher S. Copier appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. In November he pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, a second-degree felony and possession or use of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony.
Defense attorney Earl Xaiz said the case was the perfect example of why someone should not get involved in distributing drugs. He told the court how Copier’s actions had caused him to be suspended from the football team before his senior year. He also was suspended from USU but is appealing the ruling.
State attorney Spencer Walsh said he hoped Copier had learned from the experience.
Judge Kevin Allen expressed hope that the defendant would change his life. He said, someday he might be grateful for having such an awful experience. He later added hope that USU might readmit him to finish his schooling.
Copier was arrested during a traffic stop last year in April, after agents with the Cache Rich Drug Task Force made several controlled purchases from him. Inside his car, officers found a quarter-pound of marijuana and 46 ecstasy pills.
Officers later obtained a search warrant for Copier’s condo near 1600 North 400 West, where they found additional marijuana, some edible marijuana, prescription xanax pills that were packaged for resell, some mushrooms, a .40 caliber handgun and about $1600 in cash.
Copier transferred to USU from Snow College. He is from South Jordan and played at Bingham High School.
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