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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: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:34 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Staggering amount of narcotics he was allegedly attempting to move; this guy was all in on being a Tony Montana.  And now his wife and kid may be out on the street if the Feds use RICO laws to confiscate his possesions.  In the fture we will see him on 20-20 or some other "news" program showing how he is trying to piece his life back together when he never should have been in this spot in the first place.  Stupid mother f_____.

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:33 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

The Bears should not be allowed to play in the playoffs this year.  Do you know how many children could have been using those drugs on the street?  And Bears teammates and coaches had to have known Hurd was into this.  They are just as guilty.  And Joe Paterno had to of known too.  Actually the entire Bears franchise should be shut down......

Real_Zeel, I have read some really dumb things over the years on these boards but you may have just taken the cake.  Even if Sam Hurd was a superstar the Chicago Bears organization would not protect or look past something like this. I am not saying there was not any other players that knew about it, but I would really doubt it. Sam Hurd hid this well.  Another reason this may be one of the most moronic posts of all time is the Bears are not going to make the playoffs you dope!!

Since: May 16, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:31 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

So disappointing to see a guy come up from a poor high school (Brackenridge) here in San Antonio, be a nice guy, and overcome the odds....or so we thought so !!! Instead of being legit and investing the millions he's made on his God-given abilities legally, he uses the $$ to buy drugs and sell poison to other people for more financial gain.
On to someone that you will never hear about Robert Moszee, went to the same high school here in San Antonio, played at a football at a small college, and 2 years on the Philadelphia Eagles back in the early 80's (when players made nothing compared to now.) After his brief NFL "career" has been the director of a program here in SA that helps troubled young men, and is a school teacher and athletic director at Harris Middle School trying to set a positive example for young people every day. Someone who helped me in my life and if you're really disgusted by Hurd, send Mr. Moszee an email and tell him how much you appreciate people like him who do the right thing .

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:30 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!!!

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:30 pm
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Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:15 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Relax 'Bowers. I was just saying the media would go nuts with it. I'm a Florida fan and I'm even sick of Tebow already. We know the guy is a saint, I was just being facetious.

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:15 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

First of all, please let Tebow be on this list.

Don't hold your breath you jealous waste of human skin.

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:56 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:40 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Big deal. At least he's not molesting little boys

Trust me man, if he gets convicted of moving that kind of volume in coke and weed he's going to spend a lot more time in jail then anybody that molests kids, it's not even close.   I know it doesn't make sense and in a lot of ways it's wrong but it's very true... when you're labelled one of the biggest drug dealers in Chicago and you get busted you are screwed.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:38 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Well at least he will be safe from concussions for a while.  They may want to check his brain anyway, First to see if he has one, Second to see the effects of not using it has on it.   Well he has been through a Lock out now lets see how he handles a Lock in or Lock up, wherever you prefer.  Health care will be covered for a while!

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