Sam Hurd: Former NFL WR Indicted on Drug Charges, Could Face Life in Prison

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 18:   Sam Hurd #81 of the Chicago Bears catches a pass over  Roman Harper #41 of the New Orleans Saints at Louisiana Superdome on September 18, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Bears 30-13.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Former Chicago Bears receiver Sam Hurd has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Dallas on two charges according to ESPN Chicago:

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

If convicted, the 27-year-old would face a sentence of 10 years to life and a $10 million fine for the conspiracy charge, and another 5-40 years and a $5 million fine for the possession with intent to distribute charge.

Hurd was arrested in December for allegedly attempting to purchase drugs from an undercover officer in suburban Illinois. He was trying to purchase a half-ton of marijuana and 10 kilos of cocaine per week for distribution around the Chicago area.

The Bears released him almost immediate upon hearing the news and Hurd will certainly never play in the NFL ever again.

Yet Hurd isn’t going down without a fight, according to his attorney David Kenner:

Sam intends to fight these charges, and we intend to defend him fully. We have complete confidence in him.

The police first began to look into the case back in July when Hurd was still a member of the Dallas Cowboys. An associate of his was stopped by the police in the Dallas area with $88,000 in a bag. He claimed the bag and the car belonged to Hurd. In August, text messages and cell phone records connected Hurd’s number to multiple individuals that had been arrested in California.

From there the investigators tried to meet with Hurd, but he kept citing his obligations with the Bears as the reason he couldn’t meet an undercover agent…until last month.

The case against Hurd is extremely strong and it’s hard to see a scenario where Hurd isn’t found guilty. That’s what happens when you make a purchase from an undercover cop.

This story is only just beginning and it will be interesting to see if any other of his former teammates end up in the police report.

Plenty of questions remain in the biggest drug case involving a professional athlete since Nate Newton back in the 90s. 


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