According to Feds' Complaint, Sam Hurd's Drug Bust in Chicago Started With Deal in Dallas

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No doubt you've heard by now that former Dallas Cowboy Sam Hurd's in federal custody, having been popped by authorities in Chicago last night for trying to buy "five to 10 kilograms of cocaine, at $25,000 per kilogram, and 1,000 pounds of marijuana, at $450 per pound, per week for distribution in the Chicago area," per the U.S. Attorney's Office release just dispatched to media. But the case of the current Chicago Bears wide receiver has been filed in Dallas federal court, where it will be adjudicated following his appearance in Chicago court this afternoon. The reason: The feds' interest in Hurd started in Dallas over the summer, 'round about the time he was being acquired by the Chicago Bears. From the release:
According to the filed complaint, the investigation began in July 2011 when ICE HSI in Dallas was advised by a confidential informant (CI) that an individual, known as "T.L.," was attempting to arrange the purchase of approximately four kilograms of cocaine for an unknown buyer, who was later identified as Hurd. So, at the direction of ICE HSI agents, the CI coordinated a meeting with T.L. to purchase the cocaine. A coordinated traffic stop was arranged and a subsequent search of T.L.'s vehicle revealed a canvas bag that contained $88,000 in cash and tested positive for the properties of marijuana.

T.L. abandoned all interest in the currency and stated that the money belonged to Hurd, whom he had known for a considerable time. T.L. stated that he conducts maintenance on Hurd's vehicles and that Hurd routinely left large amounts of currency in his vehicles. Subsequently, Hurd advised ICE HSI that he was the owner of the $88,000 seized from T.L. Hurd advised ICE HSI that he had made a withdrawal and wire transfer of funds on July 25, 2011, and that he had personally packed and placed the $88,000, along with assorted items, into his vehicle before turning it over to T.L. for maintenance and detailing. The bank statement that Hurd provided to ICE HSI did not accurately reflect the transactions and amounts claimed by Hurd.
The whole release follows, as does a more detailed copy of the actual complaint. Long story short: If found guilty, Hurd's facing up to 40 years in federal prison.
NFL PLAYER ARRESTED IN CHICAGO ON FEDERAL DRUG CHARGE

Sam Hurd, Who Formerly Played for Dallas Cowboys, is Charged in Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy

DALLAS, Texas -- Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), arrested Samuel George Hurd, III, 26, of Lake Forest, Illinois, last night on a criminal complaint, filed in the Northern District of Texas, charging conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Hurd is scheduled to make his initial appearance late this afternoon in federal court in Chicago. Today's announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas and Special Agent in Charge Alysa Erichs of ICE HSI, Dallas.

According to the filed complaint, the investigation began in July 2011 when ICE HSI in Dallas was advised by a confidential informant (CI) that an individual, known as "T.L.," was attempting to arrange the purchase of approximately four kilograms of cocaine for an unknown buyer, who was later identified as Hurd. So, at the direction of ICE HSI agents, the CI coordinated a meeting with T.L. to purchase the cocaine. A coordinated traffic stop was arranged and a subsequent search of T.L.'s vehicle revealed a canvas bag that contained $88,000 in cash and tested positive for the properties of marijuana.

T.L. abandoned all interest in the currency and stated that the money belonged to Hurd, whom he had known for a considerable time. T.L. stated that he conducts maintenance on Hurd's vehicles and that Hurd routinely left large amounts of currency in his vehicles. Subsequently, Hurd advised ICE HSI that he was the owner of the $88,000 seized from T.L. Hurd advised ICE HSI that he had made a withdrawal and wire transfer of funds on July 25, 2011 and that he had personally packed and placed the $88,000, along with assorted items, into his vehicle before turning it over to T.L. for maintenance and detailing. The bank statement that Hurd provided to ICE HSI did not accurately reflect the transactions and amounts claimed by Hurd.

In August 2011, T.L. negotiated with the CI to purchase cocaine on behalf of Hurd. In September 2011, T.L. phoned the CI and advised that his associates from Chicago were in Dallas and were interested in purchasing five kilograms of cocaine. T.L. stated that the buyer (Hurd) wanted to meet with the CI, but T.L. later advised that Hurd was unavailable because of his NFL obligations, but that Hurd's cousins were available to complete the transaction. T.L. agreed to email the CI a photo of the money; however, that photo was never received.

In phone conversations earlier this month, Hurd advised the CI that he was interested in purchasing five kilograms of cocaine and indicated that he was interested in setting up continued business with the CI and his associates. The CI advised Hurd that he/she would be in the Chicago area soon, after which Hurd said that he would be interested in meeting to negotiate prices, discuss quantities and establish a long-term business relationship.

The complaint further states that yesterday evening, Hurd met with an ICE HSI undercover agent at a restaurant in Chicago. Hurd introduced himself as the "Sam" that had been communicating with the CI. Hurd stated that he was interested in purchasing five to 10 kilograms of cocaine, at $25,000 per kilogram, and 1,000 pounds of marijuana at $450 per pound, per week for distribution in the Chicago area. Hurd said that he and another co-conspirator currently distribute approximately four kilograms of cocaine per week in Chicago, but that his supplier couldn't supply him with enough quantity. Hurd went on to say that his co-conspirator is in charge of doing the majority of the deals while he focuses on the "higher-end" deals. Hurd also stated that some money had been seized from him in Dallas, but that seizure couldn't be associated with him. After they finished negotiating, the undercover agent presented Hurd with a kilogram of cocaine, that Hurd accepted. Hurd stated that he plays for the Chicago Bears and that he gets out of practice at approximately 5:30 p.m., after which he would make arrangements to pay for the kilogram of cocaine. Hurd left the restaurant with the bag of cocaine and was arrested shortly thereafter in the parking lot of the restaurant.

A federal criminal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offenses charged, and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge. A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The maximum statutory penalty, however, for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine is 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine. The U.S. Attorney's office has 30 days to present the matter to a grand jury for indictment.
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Chicagosunlisastoute
Chicagosunlisastoute

THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS THAT EX CHICAGO BEAR DAVID TERRELL IS THE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANT IN THE SAM HURD CASE AN INVESTIGATION.DAVID TERRELL WAS RELEASED FROM THE BEARS IN 2004 AN HASNT BEEN THE FIELD SINCE.ITS BEEN RUMORED THAT MR.TERRELL WAS COOPERATING WITH THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS AN THE CHICAGO DEA/ICE IN HOPES TO HELP THE GOVERNMENT BUILD A CASE ON MR.HURD, LISA STOUTE CHICAGO SUN

TX1Angel
TX1Angel

I've met JL at the Coppell Firestone before, and he talked about his mom and family values and was a hard-working man of integrity, so I can't imagine how he could be this stupid to get caught up in all this. I'm hoping he was approached about the money on the first traffic stop and immediately became a law enforcement informant... and that he really isn't messed up in this. As for Hurd... well, if a deadbeat thug wins the lotto, he's still a deadbeat thug... just with more money...  and in this case, it appears a multi-million dollar NFL contract only expanded his network of clients! 

Suge Knight
Suge Knight

you know youre guilty as fuck when you hire David Kenner as your lawyer

Austincrier
Austincrier

Dallas PD reports violent crime has gone down again but this only happens as the drug business flourishesand everyone is happy spending money.  .  As soon as this business goes bad numbers of dead people begin to appear-  Big "D" is well known in city like Chicago for the merchandise they wait on

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Fan at autograph session: "Sam, would you sign my water bong please?"

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

The dumb thing is  that he already had a run in with the Feds (concerning the 88K) and he continued to expand his business ?

Who does he think he is, Walter White

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

First Sam Hurd and then the Sportatorium..Dammit Joe Tone! Jut cause you're from California and don't like sports, doesn't mean that us good strong Texans don't. 

RIP Sportatorium, and get effed Sam Hurd..you dumbass.

Seriously DC9 and Mixmaster have blogs, and yet the Sportatorium was foreclosed on? What the Hell? I effing know that more people (page views/whatever the eff you call it) looked at the Sporty than those two blogs combined..back when there was content.

OccupyForestburg
OccupyForestburg

Its funny that everyone assumes his client list is comprised of athletes that are just buying a 8ball here, gram there.   Drug conspiracies are like onions, there are many layers.  If Hurd is the kingpin the case alleges him to be, whats to say his "clients" are moving smaller amounts of weight.  The guys that flip keys dont typically concern themselves with nickle and dime stuff.  This thing could get MUCH uglier.  

mac5star
mac5star

Further proof that many professional athletes live in what can only be described as a parallel universe; completely out of touch with reality by thinking they don't have to play by the same set of rules as the rest of society. I feel bad for his daughter, who will grow up not really knowing her daddy.

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

How else are pro athletes suppose to get their weed & blow! Go to some low life drug slinger off the streets?!

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

He's about to learn that the term "Wide Receiver" means something different where he's going.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

the real question is who is on the big cient list.  Im betting NFL players, and not your low level ones.  Hurd is going to something off the field that henever could on the field....tear up the NFL

Badmknkey
Badmknkey

So expect Hurd will be a cowboy again soon.

ThatGuy
ThatGuy

This started when he was in Dallas. Waiting for the other cleat to drop. 

Cowbell_Rockstar
Cowbell_Rockstar

i guess a seven figure salary wasnt enough...typical athlete..they want more and more and more

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

He thought it was Christmas tree flocking and misteltoe.  Honest!

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Shame on you Sam. I thought you knew that Dallas Cowboys are horrible at drug dealing (i.e. Nate Newton).

Rbassman123
Rbassman123

Why doesn't the release state that he's a current (we'll see how long it lasts) Chicago Bear?

Better question: Why the hell would that matter to them? He's a private citizen accused of a couple dozen felonies.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

What a dumbass.

Why doesn't the release state that he's a current (we'll see how long it lasts) Chicago Bear?

Lee
Lee

Walt made $96 M worth of product in 3 months.  His spillage is Hurd's profit.

scottindallas
scottindallas

I doubt Hurd ever moved that much product either.  There are many elements of entrapment in this narrative.  He was aspiring to move that much, actually doing so is another matter.  Take another example of FBI work, terrorism entrapment.  It tends to be the gov't agents who take middling players and fuel their aspirations and criminality.  Let's not forget that the DEA is laundering millions and millions in drug money that they admit to.  For this duplicity, we have Mexico rent asunder, we have vast corruption here at home, and our civil rights are quaint.  All this could be ended by legalizing drugs.  Let the Sinacola cartel transform into the Cuervo company.  Let the drug wars morph into the cola or Lite beer wars.

TripleD_kingpin
TripleD_kingpin

thats because fans, media, franchises etc. etc. put them on  pedestals.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Betcha more than one current or former Cowboy is on it. My money's on Marty B and one of the moron corners and/or safeties.

And Josh Howard.

TripleD_kingpin
TripleD_kingpin

evidently Valley Ranch is a breeding ground for drug dealers.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Well it was apparently important that the release's secondary headline mentions him as a former Cowboy, so it's a headscratcher all the way around.

Iwearblack
Iwearblack

It won't last long... He's dealing with the McCaskey family, not GM Jerry...

TripleD_kingpin
TripleD_kingpin

too bad delonte west arrived a year late. he would off definitely been in on this

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