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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: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:54 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Hey Lance Briggs!  I think this is a tad bit bigger then a mistake.  Just a tad.

Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:53 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

If I am running a $4 million a month drug ring in Chicago, I am sending someone else to the restaurant to talk kilograms with an undercover agent....M.O.B.

Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:51 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

You can take the brotha out of the ghetto but u cant take the ghetto out of the brotha. Thats the truth its sad to say. You can be making a million or more dollars a year and u still want more, no one ever confuses football players with intelligent members of society. Look at Nate Newton and the van full of weed, Michael Irvin and the crack pipe in his glove compartment. Tank Johnson, Pac Man Jones, Chris Henry etc etc etc....You can be a rich man playing football but that doesnt mean ur capable of being a regular member of society. Most of these guys wouldnt have graduated college if not for help from professors writing their papers or aides doing their homework or even teachers passing them with failing grades. This whole story is indicative of the world we live in where idiots make more money than hard working everyday law abiding people.

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:44 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.  By the way, what sort of drug testing is the NFL doing that "double digit" number of players are not popping positive?

Since: Dec 15, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:43 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

" When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong".... Cool May You finally realize the gift that doesnt keep giving!!  John 3:16

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:43 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Add a dozen white hookers with that order of 10 Kilos of coke and a half a ton of pot and you have an average weekend at Michael Irvin's house, by himself. 

Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:39 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

...If I live to be a hundred, I'll NEVER understand how you can throw your life away like this; A millionaire ballplayer
gets into the dope-dealing biz...baffling, to say the very least. 

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:33 pm
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Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:31 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Guess the 3 year contract to make $5.15 million legally in the NFL wasn't enough money for him.  Sad.

Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:24 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

I was told that the government supplied the ghettos with crack...what the heck?

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