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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: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:45 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Wait til he starts spilling his guts about what NFL players are on his buy list. Start with Dallas. Hurd will try to do a plea deal and will sing like a canary. You can take the punk out of da hood but you can't take the hood out of da punk. This is just starting to get interesting...

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:10 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

So we have a pro football player, making a small fortune every year, for playing a game. So apparently, that's not enough. He has to try to be a big drug dealer? Just what is wrong with this "person"? I can almost understand if you don't have anything, and you try for the big score. But to be in the NFL and making crazy money for 1/2 a years work. And that not being enough? I'm not normally for the death penalty, but in this case, they should hang him..........immediately!

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:42 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

"For one you A-hole, Joe Paterno is not, nor ever has been a pedophile. It was Jerry Sandusky you idiot. Joe Paterno wanted to fire him, but Penn State didnt want to stain the University and Joe was told to shut up, or someone might turn up missing, capish. Thats how it went down, and Im sure you all will be aprised of that one day. But dont drag Joe into this, when it was another guy. What your saying is since Sam Hurd got caught selling drugs, and he is on the Bears, that Matt Forte is guilty also. You need to get educated, as you are proving yourself to be quite an ignorant arse."  by iundbele

Really iundbebe????? Joe P RUNS State College...PERIOD!!!!! If Joe wanted the mayor of State College fired he would be fired! If he wanted the president of State College fired...he would be fired! Certainly if he wanted Sandusky fired...he WOULD have been fired!! The fact of the matter Joe P was the IGNORANT one! He didn't care...the only thing cared about for the last 40+ yrs is PSU football and the players...thats it. Same reason that there has been 100's of claims against PSU football players for sexual assualt, rape, etc etc etc and Joe has not allowed ANY of those players to be prosecuted...not by the school, not by the law. What has happened at PSU is a travesty!! The worse sports scandal EVER!!! And like it or not...Joe P is the 2nd most blame-worthy person in the whole situition behind Sandusky. If Joe wanted to, this all could have been stopped and brought to light back in the 90's when Joe P first "mysteriously" decided to let Sandusky go from the team. The ONLY ppl in the whole country that don't believe and see this is PSU idiots!! And I'm not saying everyone associated with PSU is an idiot by any means...bc they are all not...but EVERY SINGLE PERSON THAT BELIEVES JOE P HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS IS IS AT NO FAULT IS AN IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:28 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Thank you for your wisdom, I agree 100%

These guys destroy lives and know it.
Very selfish and evil

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:26 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

He wanted 10 Kilo of cocaine and half ton on weed a week!

He did not care how many kids got F'ed up as long as he got paid!

He is a real nice guy.  This guy is a devil.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:16 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

This guy is caught red-handed supplying drugs to the community. Bringing death and dispair, destroying lives of families and children for money and all these people want to say is he is a nice guy and they are sad about it. Go look in the hoods at all the drug addicted black men and the women selling themselves for crack. DRUG DEALERS ARE THE CANCER THAT DESTROYS OUR CHILDREN. This was blessed to play in the NFL and have cash and fame, yet he wants to be a big drug dealer. How absolutely obsurd. He is not a nice guy he is a piece of crap thug wannabe.

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:04 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

The weed wasnt his, He didnt know how it got there. Must have been his cousins. It was the guys that lived there before him and he must have forgotten it when he left.

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:02 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Nah. Braun just does PED's. He dont do the rec drugs.

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:01 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Thats funny. And you can bet these same NBA guys are on his blow sales list also. I dont know why David Stern continually protects his players from drug testing them. Maybe he is afraid they wont have a league left after they all turn up dirty. What a shame.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:55 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

I'm interested about who's gonna be on the "Hurd list".  Probably Ryan Braun.  (you broke my heart)

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