Chicago Bears receiver Sam Hurd was arrested in Chicago on federal drug charges on Wednesday night, and the criminal complaint against him describes Hurd as regularly dealing large amounts of drugs in Chicago.
Hurd allegedly attempted to purchase drugs from a supplier in North Texas, the location of where the case will be adjudicated. He was arrested by undercover agents at a Chicago steakhouse Wednesday night and was due to appear in federal court in Chicago Thursday.
“We are aware of Sam’s arrest and are continuing to gather details surrounding it,” the Bears said in a statement. “We are disappointed whenever these circumstances arise. We will deal with them appropriately once we have all the information.”
The investigation into Hurd’s attempt to buy large amounts of cocaine and marijuana began in July 2011 when he was still a member of the Dallas Cowboys and concluded when he personally met with a confidential informant at a restaurant on West Bryn Mawr Avenue in Chicago Wednesday.
At that meeting, Hurd told the informant that he wanted to buy “five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1000 pounds of marijuana per week for distribution in the Chicago area,” according to the complaint.
Hurd allegedly negotiated to pay $25,000 per kilogram for the cocaine and $450 per pound for the marijuana. The complaint says that Hurd “further stated that he and another co-conspirator currently distribute four kilograms of cocaine per week in the Chicago area, but that the supplier could not supply him with enough quantity.”
After they agreed on a price, the undercover agent gave Hurd a kilogram of cocaine, according to the complaint. Hurd told the agent that he plays for the Bears and would get out of practice at 5:30 p.m., at which time he would make arrangements to pay for the drugs. According to the complaint, Hurd then took the drugs and got in his car. He was promptly arrested.
A free-agent acquisition by the Bears from the Dallas Cowboys in July, Hurd has played in 12 games this season primarily as a special-teams contributor. As a receiver, Hurd has posted eight catches for 109 yards.
WRITTEN BY Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000 & FULL STORY HERE