BUSTED: Chicago Bears WR Sam Hurd Caught Buying Coke From An Undercover Agent
On Wednesday night, Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd was arrested outside of Morton’s The Steakhouse in Rosemont, Ill., on federal drugs charges after being caught in an undercover sting operation by Homeland Security. He is accused of trying to buy a kilogram of cocaine from an undercover agent, in addition to attempting to establish a drug distribution network.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Dallas, he is being charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. On the night in question, Hurd allegedly negotiated a deal with an undercover federal agent posing as a drug supplier. The complaint says that he wanted to buy up to 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana each week for distribution in the Chicago area. He is said to have agreed to pay $25,000 per kilo of cocaine and $450 a pound for the marijuana.
Hurd supposedly told the undercover agent that he and another co-conspirator were already distributing four kilos of cocaine weekly, but that the supplier couldn’t keep up with their demands.
After they agreed on a price at the meeting, the undercover agent gave Hurd a kilogram of cocaine, which he allegedly arranged to pay for after he got out of practice the next day. According to the complaint, at this point Hurd took the drugs and when he got into his car, he was immediately arrested.
The Bears issued the following statement: “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 had been under investigation since July, just days before signing with the Bears, when a confidential informant tipped off federal authorities about an unidentified associate of his who was trying to buy five kilograms of cocaine on the player’s behalf.
ABC News reports that Hurd was allegedly one of the top drug dealers in the Chicago area. If convicted, the wide receiver faces up to 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine.
“Sam intends to fight these charges, and we intend to defend him fully. We have complete confidence in him,” said his attorney David Kenner, who previously defended rapper Snoop Dogg against a murder charge.