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By PFW staff

Updated 6:35 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 15

Bears WR Sam Hurd was arrested on Wednesday evening in Chicago on federal drug charges. 

Hurd attempted to purchase a kilogram of cocaine from an undercover agent. The case will be adjudicated in Dallas and an investigation is being handled by the North Texas office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Bears released the following statement Thursday: "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 was arrested outside Morton's Steakhouse in Rosemont, Ill., and faces charges of the intent to distribute 500 grams of cocaine. He will remain in custody at least one more night.

According to the federal complaint, the investigation began on July 27, 2011, when a confidential informant (CI) set up a meeting with one of Hurd's conspirators in Dallas. That led to a traffic stop and a search of the conspirator's vehicle found marijuana and $88,000. Hurd was the owner of the vehicle and the money. Hurd, who identified himself as a member of the Cowboys, contacted federal agents and said the money was his.

Hurd remained in contact with the conspirator, known as T.L. in the federal complaint, and the CI at points during the fall.

Hurd met with an undercover agent and the CI on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 14. Hurd said he was interested in purchasing five to 10 kilos of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week "for distribution in the Chicago area." Hurd went on to say that he currently distributes approximately four kilograms of cocaine per week in the Chicago area.

Hurd asked if he could be provided with Mexican cell phones to avoid being listened to by authorities. Hurd left the meeting with the cocaine and was pulled over and placed under arrest.

The 26-year-old could face up to 40 years in prison based on the charges. His L.A.-based attorney, David Kenner, told the Chicago Sun-Times, "We believe in Sam. We have to see what's happening and what this is all about. ... This isn't the first time that the initial report looks damning. But as cases move forward, things can change dramatically."

Laurence Holmes of 670 The Score in Chicago reported that police obtained a list of NFL players who were supplied drugs by Hurd. The number of players on the list is "in the double digits."

Bears head coach Lovie Smith told reporters Thursday that he is confident that no other players are involved.

"We — just like I'm sure quite a few people — are disappointed in what we found out about Sam Hurd being arrested for the drug charges that came up today," Smith said.

Roy Williams, Hurd's teammate in Dallas as well, said he was "just shocked" about the news.

Mainly a contributor on special teams, Hurd has eight catches for 109 yards and no touchdowns as a receiver this season.


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