Sweeping federal drug charges made against Sam Hurd

Still reeling from a stunning overtime loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, the Chicago Bears were dealt a stunning surprise Thursday when wide receiver Sam Hurd was arrested on sweeping drug charges that accuse him of masterminding a major distribution operation.

Hurd was arrested on federal charges when he bought a kilogram of cocaine from an undercover officer Wednesday night. Hurd was seeking to expand his network for purchasing drugs and according to the complaint he was already buying between $100,000 and $200,000 of narcotics per week.

The federal complaint alleges Hurd wanted to begin purchasing between five and 10 kilos of cocaine per week (at a cost of $25,000 each) and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week at a cost of $450 per pound for his operation in the Chicago area. Hurd also sought “Mexican cellular telephones” because he believed law enforcement could not listen in on conversations on those phones.

The Bears were stunned.

“I’m just shocked about the situation,” said fellow wide receiver Roy Williams, who played with Hurd for three seasons in Dallas. “It’s a situation I don’t want anyone to be in, especially a close friend, a teammate that I have been playing with now for four or five years now, especially a guy from Texas with a wife and daughter. So, it’s tough for me just because I am not into drugs or anything like that. I know it has to be tough for him because he has his family. It’s a choice he made and there are consequences with choices that you make.”

The Bears released a statement in which they said they were disappointed and continuing to gather information. The Bears signed Hurd in July to a $4.15 million, three-year contract. It included a $1.35 million signing bonus.

No roster move has been made with Hurd yet.

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