NFL receiver Sam Hurd was in jail Thursday, accused to trying to set up a drug distribution network in the Chicago area.
Hurd, a former Dallas Cowboys receiver who now plays for the Chicago Bears, allegedly agree to buy a kilogram of cocaine from an undercover agent he thought was a North Texas supplier, according to authorities. Hurd was arrested Wednesday night, The Associated Press reports, after meeting a drug agent at a Chicago restaurant. In a federal complaint filed by a special agent for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Hurd allegedly told the agent he wanted to buy five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana a week to distribute.
Hurd said, according to the complaint, he would pay $25,00 per kilogram of cocaine and $450 per pound of marijuana.
Hurd reportedly told the federal agent his co-conspirator is in charge of doing the majority of the deals while he focused on higher-end deals, the complaint said, according to AP. Hurd said he would pay for the cocaine when he got out of football practice and reportedly left with the package of cocaine.
Hurd was then arrested. He is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Thursday.
In the wake of the news, the Chicago 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, who played in college at Northern Illinois, has a three-year contract with the Bears that came with a signing bonus of $1.35 million. His contract has a maximum value of $5.15 million, according to the Chicago Tribune. He was inactive for the Bears' season opening game due to a sprained ankle. He's been used primarily on special teams this season, but has eight catches for 109 years as a receiver.