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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: May 23, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

My friends are veteran Chicago Police officers and ATF agents. Not knocking your friend at all, I completely respect and honor anyone in law enforcement.  He is just mistaken.
Nope - same city and almost 2 decades on the force.  At this point, I suppose how much people estimate Hurd was worth depends on the reports they've heard, and most of them are amazing ($20 Million you say? Wow!).  Regardless, I think there is a consensus that his drug money would have far outstripped his NFL money, and his decision was mostly based on greed.


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Posted on: December 17, 2011 11:48 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Your friend must be a rookie.  You are looking at about 20 million+ a year for the amounts Sam Hurd was looking to move.  My friends are veteran Chicago Police officers and ATF agents. Not knocking your friend at all, I completely respect and honor anyone in law enforcement.  He is just mistaken.

Hurd was negotiating a deal where he would PURCHASE 450 thousand dollars worth of dope plus another 250 thousand dollars in Cocaine on a WEEKLY basis.  That's 700 grand per week for 52 weeks for a total of 36 million 400 thousand dollars.  That's what Hurd is SPENDING....  profit margins are pretty high in that industry so even your 20 million dollars in profit estimation might be low.  Only way it's that low is if he's selling to very few people and giving them tremendous high volume deals which could very well be the case.

Hurd wouldn't be involved in anything close to that volume and take the risk for much less then a 20 million dollar yearly profit and certainly wouldn't even think about risking an NFL career for 3 or 4 million dollars per year.  At the very least if it was only going to be 3 or 4 million per year he would wait until his career is over before doing this.

Hurd is so screwed it's not even funny.. 



Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 1:00 am
 

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

A friend of mine in law enforcement estimates that he would make anywhere from $300 - $400K per month selling the amount that he was currently moving.  That would amount to roughly $3.6 to $4.8 million per year in drug money (untaxed...but I'm sure there are some operations costs).  He said he could moved more.  Still, the joker was greedy.  He knew what the consequences were so I don't feel sorry for him, or those guys on "The List" who are probably going to get popped next.  Most of us who post here are are probably former athletes.  I would have loved to play on the practice squad for league minimum.
Your friend must be a rookie.  You are looking at about 20 million+ a year for the amounts Sam Hurd was looking to move.  My friends are veteran Chicago Police officers and ATF agents. Not knocking your friend at all, I completely respect and honor anyone in law enforcement.  He is just mistaken.




Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 12:47 am
 

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Your right CTur31,...but do you read some of the things here?
Yes, beeco.  I have read a lot of the crap on here.  A lot of people talking about things they know nothing about.  I get what you said and I agree with most of it.  But Sam Hurd is guilty.  How guilty we shall see.  As far as the Penn State and Hurd comparisons, that is just crazy.  There is no comparison.  Those people are just complete dopes.



Since: May 23, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Guess the 3 year contract to make $5.15 million legally in the NFL wasn't enough money for him.  Sad.
A friend of mine in law enforcement estimates that he would make anywhere from $300 - $400K per month selling the amount that he was currently moving.  That would amount to roughly $3.6 to $4.8 million per year in drug money (untaxed...but I'm sure there are some operations costs).  He said he could moved more.  Still, the joker was greedy.  He knew what the consequences were so I don't feel sorry for him, or those guys on "The List" who are probably going to get popped next.  Most of us who post here are are probably former athletes.  I would have loved to play on the practice squad for league minimum.




Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 8:14 pm
 

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges




Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

This is really getting to be sad now that is for sure out of the league and why he is not out is getting to be ridiculous.


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