Ex-Bear Sam Hurd faces legal blitz

Sam Hurd
August 28, 2012 2:06:40 PM PDT
Former Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd is due in a federal courtroom in Dallas Tuesday afternoon where the government will attempt to keep him in jail for failing two drug tests, prosecutors say.

Newly filed court records also reveal that Hurd, while playing for the Bears offered NFL game tickets to men he thought were his cocaine and marijuana suppliers.

Hurd was arrested last December outside a Rosemont steakhouse and accused of arranging large purchases of marijuana and cocaine. According to the FBI, he and two men he thought were drug suppliers had just consummated a deal to import multiple kilos of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week. His dinnermates were working for the FBI.

Hurd was released on $100,000 bond. However, according to newly filed court records, the former NFL wide receiver violated the terms of his bond in June and July when he was implicated in additional cocaine deals and failed two successive urine tests for marijuana.

Hurd was arrested this month outside a YMCA in San Antonio where he used to run a popular youth football camp. Prosecutors say Hurd's cousin, Jesse Tyrone Chavful, also admitted to selling Hurd 30 pounds of marijuana packed in a blue ice chest for $10,500 in May.

Mr. Hurd has pleaded not guilty but is currently being held at a federal prison near Dallas. Hurd's attorney says all of the new allegations are false and they are expected to oppose the government's motion to keep Hurd locked up.

The bond revocation may be the least of Mr. Hurd's legal woes. One of his co-defendants, Toby Lujan, pleaded guilty last week to one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. His plea deal calls for a prison sentence of 5 to 40 years. It also requires him to testify against Hurd if asked by prosecutors.

Lujan signed court documents saying he told a law enforcement informant in December about a potential drug buyer named "Sam" who played for the Chicago Bears. Lujan gave the informant Hurd's phone number so the two could discuss prices and quantities of cocaine. Federal agents also say that Mr. Hurd offered game tickets to the supposed drug supplier.

One week later, Hurd was arrested. According to court documents, Hurd accepted a package of what he thought was cocaine and told the officer he wanted to buy five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week to distribute in the Chicago area.

Lujan's attorney, Andrew Garcia Jr., declined to comment as to why Lujan decided to plead guilty. Hurd's attorneys did not immediately return messages for comment. Trial for Hurd and Chavful is scheduled for October 9.


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