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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: Oct 27, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:38 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

must be some dirt weed ,stems and seeds lmao

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:29 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

I have a feeling this is about to get REAL UGLY.  All the following questions are moot if Mr. Hurd is in fact not guilty but... 

1) I wonder if Roger Goodell will be allowed access to the "extensive list" of NFL players Hurd was providing drugs to?

2) I wonder if Mr. Hurd is the "Mr. Big" of the NFL drug culture?

3) I wonder if Mr. Hurd is the top of the distirbution pyramid for NFL players?

4) I wonder if the players he sells to are NOT users just distributors within their team's cities? I think I just "HURD" Roger Goodell swallow his massive ego.

5) I wonder if Roger Goodell ever considered NFL players would be distributors instead of users, afterall their is no urine/blood test for distribution.

What a mess...this will make the Black Sox scandal look like amateur hour...coincidentially, both stories originated out of Chi-town.

Since: Nov 17, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:44 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:00 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

$450 a pound is cheap as hell, but that's still $700,000 a week in coke and weed he would be moving. That is just INSANE!

Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 3:12 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

10 kilos of coke and 1/2 a ton of marijuana a he looking to supply for Charlie Sheen?

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:24 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

People that makes millions in a legal way but still finds a way to screwed it up by wanting to be a dope dealer is just plain stupid. Now his wife and children is going to suffer for his greed and stupidity.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:59 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Greed, greed, and more greed.

It has nothing to do with gender, race, occupation, or any of that shit, this is the generation where negativity grants merit, has been that way for years, I'm thinking around the 90's.

As long as being bad is the cool thing to be this is what you're going to get, and it only gets worse from here if we can't find a way to enlighten the public.

While I believe there are some who have no other choice but to resort to illegal activities, this guy got NFL money, his only motivation was greed.

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:48 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

First Jerome Simpson now Sam Hurd? Who knew if federal agents wanted to find big-time drug dealers all they had to do was look at mediocre receivers in the NFL.

Since: Sep 24, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:45 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

This tory is flawed from the start

Since: Sep 24, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:43 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

$450 per pound?

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