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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: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:52 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Just Moronic. If you give someone a ton of money, they will find a way to spend it and then try to find more...

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:51 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

All drug dealers are scum
I agree...Eff Fizer, Johnson & Johnson and Bayer...Lock those dudes up...

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:39 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

i think he's on drugs in that picture

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:36 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

For everyone wondering about all the people who are laughing at his asking price of $450/ obviously dont smoke pot.  And if you do and you are like, "that seems reasonable," you obviously smoke shitty pot with very low levels of THC.  Street value for an OUNCE of good pot (not even the best pot) goes for ~$350.  Do the math...thats up over 5 grand a pound.  Even at the friendliest of discounts, you cant buy a pound of pot that is worth a shit for $450.  Unless he has some serious plans to supply Chicago with edibles.  

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:26 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

This is just a MORONIC move! A job paying OVER a million a year and he still feels the need to sell drugs. Really?

Why is it some people can't make it no matter what they earn! Many people have worked steady for the last 20 years and have not earned 1 million in that time span. He got 1.35 mil THIS YEAR! And that is not enough?

He is just a total doofus.

And you know he had to know someone he thought made that much or much more selling drugs, otherwise he would not have tried for so much out of the gate. Why would some....

The complaint says an informant tipped off authorities in Texas in July, leading to an investigation in which an unidentified acquaintance of Hurd's “negotiated” for approximately five kilograms of cocaine on the player's behalf.

The Bears agreed to a three-year deal with Hurd that was announced on July 29 — the day after federal authorities say he had agreed to a “consensual interview” with Homeland Security investigators over $88,000 in cash that had been seized in a car he owned in the Dallas area.

..Wait, let me back up, this is from the Dallas News item. Who keeps $88, 000 in a car except a drug dealer? Means he is stuck on stupid. The feds were on to him this summer and he still tries to score huge drug deal this week?

Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:26 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

What an Idiot!  I don't feel bad for this fool at all.  5.15 Mill over 3 three is not enough?  Greedy, Greedy bastard!  Send his ass to the clink where he belongs.  All drug dealers are scum, I don't care whe he dealt to.  

Since: Nov 20, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:21 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Look at his eyes in the picture they're running. He is high as a kite. At any rate this story is almost unbelieveable. Something you would expect from Hollywood. Crazy how some of these guys just can't get away from the ghetto mentality and it's going to cost this guy a long time in a 12 by 12 for this clown to think about what he did.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:18 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

He was going to buy at that price and sell higher.  It is called making a profit.  C'mon, folks.

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:15 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

lb of pot for 450????

Since: May 23, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:14 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

$450 a pound for weed? Typical ignorant AA.  Going to jail over cheap quality.  Wonder why no matter how much the income gap closes, the lack of wealth in the AA community stays constant.  Redistribute the wealth 99%'s. It will go back where it belongs in a couple of generations.
LOL.  So, you actually know how much a pound of "good" weed is supposed to cost?  Let me take it a step further; what are the typical price breaks on "good" weed versus "average" weed on a per quantity basis?

Come on man!  What does being AA have to do with selling drugs?  There are plenty of whites selling (and growing) weed too.  Many of them are from the lower socio-economic strata and are very likely to find themselves locked up as well.  Why are you even talking about the 99% versus the 1% here?  Sam Hurd's newly rich...he ain't wealthy.  He was never really in the 1% to begin with.  In my opinion, most athletes aren't wealthy aside from those who actually build brands, and those are only the megastars.  But anyway, your comment about the lack of wealth in the AA community is a gross oversimplification of the issue(s).  If you want to really discuss those issues and exchange ideas, and not just rant, hit me up.

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