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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 CBSSports.com 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: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

What are these players thinking. I know he was thinking long term financial benefits as a Scarface type criminal, but you play in the NFL making millions. I wouldnt mind sitting third string making money by doing something i love (i hope). If any other pro player is thinking of trying to become Scarface they need to take a look at the history of pro players that tried to be drug czars. Not one single one, that we know of, ever did what they wanted. Bam Morris for example. Leave this stuff up to the people that are not making 1 million dollars a year. Plain STUPID.



RockinDaCasba
Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:27 pm
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Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:26 pm
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Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:24 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......



really?  ok well next time one of your co-workers beaks the law I hope your boss fired you as well....bc you had toknow what the co-worker was doing at home, 24/7....people like you who assume situations just know all dont you??



Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:24 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......



  You are a knucklehead! How you can even compare these two cases is beyond comprehension. If you cannot understand the difference I suggest you go back to junior high school because it is obvious to everyone you do not belong in high school.


  Let me give you a very clear example of the difference, male suspect A is convicted of child rape of multiple cases, male suspect B is convicted of purchasing large quanties of illegal drugs with the intent to distribute, are you following along so far? Now both convicts are taken to federal prison on the same monday and left to mingle with the general population, WHO DOES NOT LIVE UNTIL FRIDAY???!!!

  Even convicts understand how hideous the crime of child rape is compared to all other crimes.


  Ok back to recess        
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TitanzGoforth
Since: Jul 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:21 pm
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Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Dang!  I rooted for him too!  I thought he was a great WR, but he just needed the opportunity to play more.  He was giving almost 7 million!!! Why would you piss that away?  I don't understand.  I am happy making my ~$3 million for my life time of work.  How could he be unhappy "playing" for over twice that?  I do not understand people....  



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Not sure what's going on with Simpson.  I live near Cincinnati and would like to know.  My guess is since it is federal, they are putting everything together and that can take time and trying to get as much out of this as possible.  Also, since he didn't sign for any of the shipments and his girlfriend did, that may help him.  Obviously it being his house, and all of the distribution materials found at his house puts him in a tight spot.  One other thing working in his favor, from what I understand his record was squeaky clean.



Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:19 pm
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Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

this guy will forever be remembered as the guy that tried to buy a half ton of drugs while playing in the NFL rather than the WR in the NFL. How sad, what a thug.


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