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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: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:16 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

The Score in Chicago has been discussing the "high" anxiety in the Bears locker room just following the news that Hurd was busted. Although they aren't stating it, the implication is that these other Bears players may be more concerned about having their names on the list, than they are about the well-being of their teammate. It used to be that the new guy on the team had to make the doughnut run, it could very well be that Hurd was making a similar run that may have deep and extensive implications to the Bears players. Hurd isn't really the story here. The story is on that list!

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:02 am

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....

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 8:39 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Hey redwings 1969..... I just wanted to make a comment regardsing your post about fakeaznames plagiarizing your post and getting a higher score..... Are you high on drugs? The guy pasted your comment so he could reply to it. He obviously wanted to list your post so everyone knew which comment he is replying to. If you open your eyes, I know it's hard as your stoned, and look underneath your posted he copy and pasted he has listed a response. Believe me your post is uselesss and pointless so nobody would be copying it. Enjoy your high.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 8:37 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

This reeks of the government trying to entrap some naive fool to make it a high profile case.  They do this all the time, just like those "jihadists" in Newburgh who had no thought whatsoever of blowing up synagogues until the undercover FBI guy put the idea in their heads and goaded them into plotting the caper. I bet this Hurd guy has no involvement in this whatsoever.  Congress and Wall St. are run by crooks and the governrmnt wastes its time and our money trying to turn some no account WR into scarface.  What a travesty.

Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 8:33 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

You can take the Cowboys out of Dallas, but you can't take the Dallas out of the Cowboys.

What an organization of thugs.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 8:25 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Even in this day and age this is still shocking to me.  

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 8:20 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

If this is in fact true, and I would say it is, then I hope Mr. Hurd never sees the outside of prison again.  Just think of all the lives he is destroying for what?  More money than he is making in the NFL?  $5 million isn't enough? 

I have no remorse for a piece of crap like this.  And if there is a list of others, then Mr. Hurd do the right thing and put them in jail too.  All of these so called "special people" athletes who are destroying others with their dope need to be in jail, and I don't care who they are or what they have done in Football, Lives are much more important than Football.

And this coming from a sports nut.

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 8:06 am


The man getting paid chump change by the nfl need to supplement his income with outside "ventures."  he got a lot of very high expenses.

Since: Jun 2, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:44 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Would it be fair to say MMA27 is racist? "black ghetto idiots"? 

Do the rest of us a favor, and keep your thoughts to yourself DB! Your ignorance pollutes this message board and should not be tolerated. People like you are the reason there is so much animosity between different races and ethnicities in this country. CBS, put a gag on this moron!

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:41 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

MMA27...just how do we decide who is "Black Ghetto Scum"??? There are a number of stories of redemption within Pro sports. A young man/woman starts out "bad', is shown the "other side of the tracks" while in college which changes their lives/attitudes and they go on the do great things in and out of their respective sports.

Just how far do we take this concept? Should the NCAA not allow universities to recruit this so-called "Black Ghetto Scum"? How about we not let them in public school? That way we will make sure they in fact do turn out to be "Black Ghetto Scum". Then we can all pat our lilly-white-selves on the back and brag about how "right" we were about person X and person Y.

Come to think of it, don't we already kinda do that?

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