Chicago Bears' WR Sam Hurd Arrested on Federal Drug Charges

Chicago Bears' WR Sam Hurd Arrested on Federal Drug Charges
Chicago Tribune

Chicago Bears’ WR Sam Hurd was arrested Wednesday night after authorities organized an undercover operation in which Hurd allegedly attempted to purchase five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana PER WEEK to distribute in the Chicagoland area.

According to the criminal complaint, Hurd told an undercover agent that he and a co-conspirator already had been distributing about four kilos of cocaine per week in Chicago, but that they currently could not keep up with demands.

According to one law enforcement official I spoke with, the amount of narcotics involved in the attempted deal are consistent with a “big operation.”

Hurd, who played five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, serving as special teams captain for a portion of that time, signed with the Bears back in July; just one day after agreeing to a consensual interview with federal authorities over an ongoing criminal investigation.

It’s unclear if/why the Bears, who employ an individual with federal ties to conduct all player personnel background checks, were unaware of the investigation.

The Chicago Bears released this statement today: “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.”

Many of those who know Hurd are shocked by the news. ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, who covered Hurd in Dallas, tweeted this after learning of the arrest: “There are some members of the '08 Cowboys that I could see as (alleged) drug kingpins. Sam Hurd wasn't one of them. Unbelievable.”

Ironically enough, MacMahon may not be too far off. According to a report from 670 The Score in Chicago, citing a law enforcement source, the arrest of Hurd may be “just the tip of the iceberg” and that federal agents have evidence connecting as many as 10 NFL players to the conspiracy.

In February, 2011, Sam Hurd was named the Dallas Cowboys’ 2010 Ed Block Courage Award winner. The award criteria are written as follows: “One player from every NFL team will be honored for his commitment to the principles of courage and sportsmanship while serving as an inspiration in the locker rooms and community.”

Well, Sam … you can stop inspiring my community. Enjoy prison.

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  • From Bears offense to Federal offense.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Nice work. My personal favorite: "The Chicago Bears released Sam Hurd today; marking be the last time he will be 'released' for the next 20-30."

  • Ha! This is hilarious as he was apparently selling drugs to fellow professional football players. What douchebag imbeciles.

  • In reply to gwill:

    I've been gwill'd! Stop by more often, would ya? Do you have a cnblog now? Thought I heard rumblings of that...

  • Since the complaint is for conspiracy,* Blago will say that he "didn't do nothing." Probably enough nothing to get 30 years (as the max term is life; the minimum here would be 20 years). Undoubtedly, the federal undercover agent has recordings, and the complaint did say that Hurd was furnished with a kilo of cocaine, left the restaurant, and then was arrested.

    In that they did charge him with conspiracy, the "tip of the iceberg" comment is probably correct (although a conspirator TL is identified).

    The vast quantities indicated in the request indicate that he was intending to distribute them somewhere, maybe the locker room, but undoubtedly also elsewhere.

    Also the question you seem to raise, i.e, when Bears security should have known about it, and whether they should have let him on the premises, is interesting.

    *I commend you for having a link to the original, where one can glean more details.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for the read, Jack. BTW, Sun-Times is reporting up to 40 years:

  • In reply to Adam Oestmann:

    Depends on the amount they are charging him with, but all the offenses are up to life. As usual, I rely on the original, not some newspaper account, and you can read the law here.

    The difference from Blago is that attempted extortion and the like were "up to 20," these have minimums, starting with 10.

  • In reply to jack:

    Appreciate your insight!

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