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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: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:23 pm
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Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:19 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Thanks PolarMag.  I was totally thinking he was slinging the stickiest ickiest from the Emerald Triangle in NorCal.  At $450 a brick, that's like $5 an 1/8.  Good clarification...and when you just put a 6" line up your nose, who really cares what the joint is rolled with...

Why do we have to hear about this garbage every day?  Sam Hurd had at least $750,000 in the bank after taxes and fees, for this season alone. Get back to family, friends, and old school happiness! 

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:17 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Actually, Killa, I am not from Cali.  I just dont want to see the streets littered with bad MJ.  And, if you do the math on a street level... an ounce of good herb goes for about 350 straight up, an ounce of bad herb goes for about 80.  He would be paying roughly 30 a zone, making him 50/ounce.  If he just copped a QP of chronic for 1200 he would be making a profit of 200, or 50 an ounce.  His profit would be roughly the same, except he would have a lot less pot to have to worry about getting busted with.  And yes, I am aware that he can get a lot more bad herb than good herb, meaning he would be making more profit off the bad herb.  But on the most basic of levels he is getting almost the same return.  From a stoners perspective i have to ask, why would you want to smoke 4 blunts a day when you could smoke 4 bowls?        

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:16 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

URGatorbait369, I like it.  Keep up the good work.  Todd could put away some stuff.  He evidently couldn't play and get stoned. 

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:14 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

this is disappointing to see, it won't get huge press because Hurd is not even a WR3 in the NFL, but still... this is serious stuff

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:10 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Who would think that he only had one client?!  Of course, it was Todd Marinovich.....

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:08 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges


Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:06 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges


Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:03 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

 Shut up, you from Cali, probably never saw mexi-brick in your life. Aint no profit-margin in that Cali weed unless you a grower. Black folk flip brick

Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:57 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

My favorite was the Mexican cellphone part.  Now that's what I call hubris!

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