USU football player arrested on drug dealing charges

LOGAN — A 24-year-old Utah State football player has been arrested and charged with felony drug possession charges. Christopher S. Copier was arrested Friday night and booked into the Cache County Jail.

Logan City Police Capt. Tyson Budge said the Cache Rich Drug Task Force had been investigating Copier for some time and had allegedly made several controlled purchases from him. Agents found drugs inside his car when they pulled his vehicle over Friday night on US 89-91.

“They found a quarter-pound of marijuana in the car and 46 ecstasy pills,” said Budge. “We went to his residence in the north-west part of Logan, where he lives out in those condos near 1600 North 400 West area, searched his place there and found a little more marijuana, some edible marijuana, prescription xanax pill that were packaged for resell, some mushrooms, a .40 caliber handgun and about $1600 in cash.”

He was booked on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a restricted person. He was being held in jail before posting $55,000 bail.

On Monday, prosecutors filed formal charges in 1st District Court including seven counts of drug possession with the intent to distribute, both second and third-degree felonies. He was also charged with possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony.

Budge said the amount and variety of drugs found was a substantial bust by drug force agents.

“It was pretty descent, especially having mushrooms, prescription pills, illegal pills and marijuana. It is kind of unusual.”

According to Utah State Football’s roster, Copier is a senior. He transferred from Snow College and played tight-end. He is from South Jordan and played at Bingham High School.

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