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Chicago Bear Sam Hurd Arrested on Federal Drug Charges

By Andrew Chow, Esq. | Last updated on

Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd faces federal drug charges in an alleged scheme to buy and distribute cocaine.

Hurd, 26, was arrested Wednesday in Chicago and was set to appear in court Thursday after getting caught in a months-long investigation, ESPN reports.

The investigation ended with Hurd's arrest at a Chicago steakhouse, where Hurd allegedly met with a man he thought was a drug supplier. The man was really a confidential informant.

Hurd told the informant he wanted to buy "five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week for distribution in the Chicago area," according to the criminal complaint.

Sam Hurd said he needed such large amounts because he and a co-conspirator "currently distribute four kilograms of cocaine per week in the Chicago area" and needed more, the complaint states.

After they agreed on a price -- $25,000 per kilogram of cocaine and $450 per pound of marijuana -- the informant handed Hurd a kilogram of cocaine, the complaint states.

Hurd told the informant he played for the Chicago Bears, and that he'd pay for the drugs after he'd finished with practice. Authorities arrested Hurd when he got in his car.

The Chicago Bears issued a statement about Sam Hurd's arrest on drug charges. "We are disappointed whenever these circumstances arise," the statement said, according to Sports Illustrated. "We will deal with them appropriately once we have all the information."

The Hurd investigation began in July, when an alleged drug buyer in Texas told police Hurd was involved in a drug deal there, ESPN reports. Police interviewed Hurd, then with the Dallas Cowboys, but did not arrest him. Later that month, Hurd signed with the Chicago Bears.

In August, cell phone records linked Hurd to a group that was detained in California with drugs and weapons, ESPN reports. That eventually led to Wednesday's meeting with Hurd in Chicago.

Because the alleged drug supplier in the Sam Hurd case is in Texas, the case will be heard in Texas, The Dallas Morning News reports. The case is being investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Dallas.

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