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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 20, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:06 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

I wonder if he had the same look on his face in the article photo when the feds knocked on his door this morning? He know he will have that look on his face when the door at the gray bar hotel shuts and the lights go out.....oh girlfriend

Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:01 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Read the affidavit on 670 the Score website.  Not only did he get arrested (duh), but it states they have a list of NFL players he was supplying.  A list that is "double digits" of NFL players.

Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:50 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Small time, wants to go big time, will get lots of time - unless he rolls faster than Vick on a bootleg

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:50 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

I guess he simply decided that $5 Million over 3 years was simply not enough to live comfortably off of and the $150,000 he could earn by investing it in something which would garner him 3% annually was too risky!!!  Somebody may want to check his head and make sure these hits he's been taking (on the field that is) aren't already having a negative impact on his cognitive skills.  Dumb#$*!!

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:41 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

And I was thinking of starting him in my fantasy league!

I guess the Bears need to find someone else on special teams!  Can't wait for the movie!!!! 

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:39 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

If he would have just waited a couple of weeks he could have had the whole off season to sell his drugs ya know since the bears are not going to the playoffs

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:36 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

I hope Sam Hurd didn't ask Travis Henry for any advice on how to become drug dealer. Either that or he watched American Gangster one too many times and thought he was Frank Lucas. Bears should just cut him right now.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:34 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

...the history of pro players that tried to be drug czars. Not one single one, that we know of, ever did what they wanted.

Of course if they were successful then you wouldn't know.  Just saying...

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:34 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

$450/lb is way too high...literally, haha

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:31 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......

If he was dealing to children, and doing it out of the team locker room, and numerous people reported it and/or walked in on it, and they were legally required to report it but didn't, and it happened over several decades and, oh yeah, it lead to the rape of at least 10 children... then you would be correct.  

Because, you know, an adult player buying drugs on his own time is EXACTLY the same as a serial pedophile/rapist using your facility and business trips you supplied him with as the location of his crimes.  Especially since numerous people at the school knew about it.    

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