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.