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Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:05 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 7:45 am
Hurd allegedly wanted to buy 10 kilograms of cocaine and a half-ton of marijuana per week. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd was arrested Wednesday night on federal drug charges after he allegedly attempted to purchase drugs from a North Texas supplier.

According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, Hurd told an undercover operative that he wanted up to 10 kilograms of cocaine and a half-ton of marijuana per week "for distribution in the Chicago area." He added that he was willing to pay $25,000 per kilo and $450 per pound.

According to a report from 670 The Score (via CBS Chicago), "Hurd was a top drug dealer in Chicago and police have a list of NFL players who were supplied drugs by the receiver, a law enforcement source told the radio station. The list is 'in the double-digits,' according to the source."

More details via the criminal complaint (by way of the Dallas Morning News):

"…[H]is co-conspirator is in charge of doing the majority of the deals as Hurd focuses on the 'higher-end' deals. Hurd subsequently inquired if the UCA (undercover operative) and the CI (confidential informant involved in the case) could provide him with Mexican cellular telephones, as Hurd believed that law enforcement did not have the capability of listening to Mexican telephones."

One of Hurd's attorney's, David Kenner, said Hurd will fight the charges.

"Sam intends to fight these charges, and we intend to defend him fully," said Kenner. "We have complete confidence in him."

Kenner, who once defended Snoop Dogg of murder charges, said this is not the first time he's had a case where his client seemed doomed from the start.

"They start off looking terrible, and then we end up with 'not guiltys,'" Kenner said.

A handcuffed Hurd didn't comment on the charges, but when asked if he was still a member of the Bears said, "As far as I know."

Roy Williams, Hurd's teammate in Chicago and before that  in Dallas, said via Rapid Reporter Gene Chamberlain: "I'm distraught about the situation. It's a situation that I don't want anyone to be in, especially a close friend and a teammate that I've been playing with now for four or five years now, especially a guy from Texas with a wife and daughter."

More from linebacker Brian Urlacher: "Outside of here I don't know him very well, but he comes to work every day and practices hard and plays hard. ... He's always been really friendly. He says 'hi' in the hallway every time you walk by him. You know I walk by him 10 times a day in the hallway and he still says hi every time." 

Linebacker Lance Briggs called the whole episode sad: "Whether it’s a teammate, whether it’s another football player, baseball, basketball, it doesn’t really matter. You hate to see this happen to anyone. That’s just it. We all make mistakes. But like I said, it’s just sad to see."

As for whether it's a distraction to the team, "There's a sports side, there’s a business side and then there’s a personal side, and, when it comes to business as a professional, you have to take care of business," Briggs said, according to Chamberlain.  Urlacher added: "Obviously it's what we have to deal with with you [media] but football-wise it's not going to be an issue. We'll go out there and practice like we do every day and hopefully put it behind us when Sunday gets here ... 'til the game is over and we have to answer more questions about it."

The Bears released a statement Thursday afternoon: “We are aware of Sam’s arrest and are continuing to gather details surrounding it.  We are disappointed whenever these circumstances arise.  We will deal with them appropriately once we have all the information."

Hurd signed a three-year contract with the Bears in the offseason worth $5.15 million, including a $1.35 million signing bonus. Through 13 games,  he played primarily on special teams, catching just eight passes for 109 yards. Hurd played his college ball at Northern Illinois and was signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2006. During his five years in Dallas, he had 45 receptions for 630 yards and two touchdowns.

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Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:22 pm

Bail Me

Can the beats get sam out on bail for this week's game?  I need him big for my fantasy team.

Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:18 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

This is just the tip of the iceberg. This is going to get much uglier for the NFL. I can't imagine how somebody with such a high profile could sell two tons of something, which is usually sold in very small quantities, every month without being recognized. I understand that he isn't doing all of the selling but for it not to be common knowledge is unusual. Just imagine the heads that are going to roll and the people involved who are trying to cover their trail.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:14 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Your right CTur31,...but do you read some of the things here?

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:03 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

All you have to do is read the comments here by CBS posters, and realize that many who put their opinions here, are the worst kind of humanity. Many of you so called 'people' are worse than Hurd, who has not even been prosecuted. But you judge the man as if you are the friggin jury. For what ever reason, you seem to think you know better, and are better people. But your not, your scum of the earth. If you have something other than prejudice, and hatred to post here, by all means, but if your a redneck, bitter peice of garbage, shut your mouth!!!

beeco,  Had this not been a Federal charge I would 100% agree with you.  I do agree that you are innocent until proven guilty but the Feds don't usually charge anyone unless it's iron clad. Hurd did this.  But you are correct, we still need to hear the facts before anything should be said.  My guess though is Sam Hurd is toast.  He can't give anyone up in a plea because that would be a death sentence. Nice people don't deal in the quantities he was looking to score. People are just sounding off because someone who had it made pulled this kind of crap.

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:00 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

 People try to defend these scumbags by saying ... "Awwwww, poor little guy he just made a tiny mistake. We ALL make mistakes" He didn`t make a mistake, he knew what he was doing, there is a HUGE difference between the two. Same with the Eagles ex-con QB, He didn`t make any mistakes... He knew he was running an illegal gambling ring, and he knew he was distroying under preforming dogs. Come on people, lets not try to defend these scumbags, by making it sound like they`re some sort of victim.

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:53 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

What was this guy smoking?

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:50 pm
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Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:39 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Maybe if hestarted Tebowing in his holding cell, all these charges will magically disappear...Undecided

Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:36 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Hell end up doing about 5 yrs because he will roll over on the bigger fish!!!  There is always someone bigger an the govt will negotiate if he cooperates!!!!

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:34 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Hey XS game, gotta weapon? Put it to your temple and use it.

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