Ex-USU football player pleads guilty to drug dealing charges

LOGAN — A 24-year-old former Utah State football player has pleaded guilty to drug dealing and firearm charges.

Christopher S. Copier appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. 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. State attorneys dropped five other charges against him as part of the agreement.

Copier was arrested during a traffic stop 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.

During Monday’s court appearance, Judge Kevin Allen ordered a pre-sentence report to be conducted by probation agents and scheduled sentencing for January 28.

Copier, who transferred to USU from Snow College, was suspended by the team indefinitely after being arrested. He is from South Jordan and played at Bingham High School.

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