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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: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:44 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

This is what happens when ghetto gets paid. What a F'ing dumb @$$!!!!

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:10 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

THis is the tip of the iceberg....I figure he will implicate a number of former and active NFL, NBA MLB and hockey players who bought drugs from him...

4-5 kilos a week and 1000 pounds of reffer a week thats not street sales that is specific clientele sales....

This is bigger than Hurd he is jus t themule the FBI and DEA are using to make the bigger bust

Sorry man, but you're way off on what you said in your last line.  Hurd is the furthest thing from a "mule", that's for sure.  If Hurd isn't the big many in this operation he's way up there, that's for sure.   Mules don't typically negotiate monster drug deals like this. Mules do a lot of risky things but they don't broker deals like this.  Mules will speak with people, deliver and pick up drugs, but aren't negotiating deals of this magnitude.

As for street sales versus specific clientele sales, in the end there is no difference.  A huge dealer like Hurd involved in a massive operation moving this kind of volume certainly isn't selling it ounce by ounce on the street.  He's more then likely selling very high volume to multiple drug dealers from the area and just about anywhere.  In the end though somebody is selling it on the streets, that's where every gram of this stuff ends up, in the streets and in the schools and everywhere else.

I'm not sure Hurd will implicate anybody in this, at least not intentionally.  This operation is way too large and he's going away for way too long to rat people out.   If he's ratting out anybody at his level or higher it becomes a tremendous risk that could cost him and/or his family and friends their lives.  I've met and heard of some people where I live that don't do 10 percent of that volume that would destroy anybody that talks, Hurd isn't going to do squat.   Some of his clients names including athletes might leak out from information the feds got while undercover or in search warrants, but that's all they're gonna get.

A 10 or 20 or 40 year jail sentence with a chance at getting parole somewhere in between is a whole lot better then going to jail and being known as the guy that cut a deal and turned people in.   It's a huge business and anybody that plays it knows what they're getting into.

The only exception is if Hurd is as high up the ladder as i think he is they could possibly offer him a chance to stay out of jail and witness protection..... but I highly doubt it. 

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:58 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Hurd looks good in inmate orange. So he has that goin' for him.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:28 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

okay I can see movin 20 Kilos of coke a week, but 1000 pounds of weed a week!? NO WAY! Not unless you're selling nation wide! I bet this lil operation goes a lot further than just the Chicago area. And TOTAL LOLLLLLL....he didn't think the feds could monitor Mexican cell phones?! Really dude?! That's HILARIOUS!!!! I think he's been breakin rule #1 and gettin high on his own supply! How much you wanna bet the coke was for the North side of Chicago and the weed was for the South side?! hahaha

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:18 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

$450 a pound is very good. He would make more money than actually playing

Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:15 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

(Sam Hurd in the prison lunchline talking to the server) Do you like green eggs and ham?. I do not like them Sam-I-Am! Do you like powdered eggs and spam? I do not like them Sam-I-Am! I would not like them anywhere, i keep finding pubic hairs! 

Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:56 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Another child will be left without a father. Where's Johnny Cochrane, er, Cockroach, when you need him? 

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:42 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

The amounts mentioned in the news are staggering. HOw in the world can he be doing all that and nobody know. The nfl and college coaches can't be as ignorant as they let on. It seems there are aboyt 30 coaches on each team. I know  that is an exaggeration, but when yu have that many people in a organization. They must start watching and at reporting to the head coach what is going on. as much monry as is involvedin sports they should hire a detective. Whether they want to be or not, they are role models. Comish quit worrying about people hitting each other and start fining yeams for doing drugs.

Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:35 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Wonder if his defense will be "it was strictly for personal use"...


Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:47 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Sam Hurd was straight ballin'! If you cook that much coke down and sling it as crack rock, you are looking at 10s of millions a go to the Federal penitentiary and be away from your wife and daughter for the next 9 years....piece of junk.

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