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Bears WR probably inactive this weekend. Arrested for dealing drugs

(Chicago Tribune)–Chicago Bears receiver Sam Hurd was arrested Wednesday night outside a Chicago restaurant after he accepted a kilogram of cocaine from a confidential informant and an undercover federal agent posing as a drug supplier, according to federal charges filed Thursday in Dallas. Hurd was charged with one count of conspiring to possess half a kilogram of cocaine with the intent to distribute it. At the Wednesday night meeting, Hurd negotiated to buy five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana a week for distribution in the Chicago area, authorities alleged. He agreed to pay $25,000 for each kilogram of cocaine and $450 a pound for the marijuana, according to the charges. Hurd said at the meeting that he plays for the Bears, gets out of practice at about 5:30 p.m. and would pay them on the next day, authorities said. Bears players are paid on Thursdays. Hurd told the undercover agent and informant that he and someone else distributed about four kilograms of cocaine each week in the Chicago area but that their supplier wasn’t able to meet their needs, according to the criminal complaint. 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, a former Northern Illinois product, signed a three-year contract with the Bears this offseason after playing the previous five seasons with the Cowboys. The veteran receiver has been primarily a special teams contributor for the Bears. “It’s sad for him,” Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said Thursday when asked about Hurd at Halas Hall. “I’m not sure what’s going on, but you never want to hear about one of your teammates, something like this happening to them. “He’s a good teammate. That’s what I know of him. He comes to work every day and works hard. Outside of here, I don’t know him very well. But he comes to work every day and practices hard and plays hard. That’s all I know of him. He’s a friendly guy.” Hurd was inactive for the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons because of a sprained ankle, and has eight receptions for 109 yards on the season. The complaint alleged that Hurd first came to the attention of federal authorities in July when the confidential informant tipped off agents that a man — later learned to be a Hurd associate — was attempting to coordinate the purchase of about four kilograms of cocaine in the Dallas area. The associate wanted to complete the deal that day so the buyer could transport the cocaine to a northern destination that same day, authorities charged. At the direction of authorities, the informant met with the Hurd associate. After the meeting, Dallas County police conducted a traffic stop of the Hurd associate and recovered $88,000 in cash and a marijuana plant. Hurd, who owned the vehicle pulled over by police, later reached out to federal agents and claimed that he had placed the $88,000 into the vehicle and then turned over the vehicle to the associate — who worked at a car repair shop — for maintenance and detailing work, according to the charges. Hurd produced a bank statement that he said showed he had withdrawn the $88,000 from his account, but authorities said the statement did not reflect that size of a withdrawal. Hurd’s three-year contract with the Bears had a maximum value of $5.15 million ($4.15 million base total), and Hurd received a $1.35 million signing bonus. His base pay this season was $685,000. The Bears could pursue trying to recover some of the signing bonus. The investigation is being handled by the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Dallas. Hurd is scheduled to appear in federal court in Chicago at about 5 p.m. Thursday for a hearing on his transfer to Dallas to face the federal charges there.

Tough break here for Hurd.  One minute you think you got a nice little part-time job to supplement your 3 year $4.15 million dollar contract, and the next minute you are being busted by the Feds.  Now, I don’t know shit about drugs because I always had a healthy fear of my parents…and drugs pretty much freak me out, but to me buying 1000lbs of weed sounds like a lot.  I don’t even want to speculate about how much cocaine he was buying because the only thing I know less about than drugs is the metric system.  Some quick math shows that Hurd had agreed to buy $700,000 worth of drugs per week.  No wonder he only has 8 catches on the season.  Guy has an empire to run.  Any way you slice it, things could not get worse for the Bears right now.  They NEED Jay Cutler back and they needed him back yesterday.

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