Filed at 11:40 a.m.; updated with Bears statement
Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd was arrested Wednesday night in Chicago on federal charges after he allegedly tried to buy a kilogram of cocaine from an undercover agent supplier in North Texas, according to a Dallas Morning News report.
According to the federal complaint, he was arrested after meeting with the agent at a Chicago steakhouse and telling him that he wanted to buy five-to-10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana a week. Hurd told the agent that he and a co-conspirator distribute about four kilos of cocaine a week in the Chicago area, but that his supplier couldn’t meet his demands. His co-conspirator, he said, did “the majority of the deals” while he focused on “higher-end deals.”
Hurd was charged with one count of conspiring to possess half a kilogram of cocaine with the intent to distribute it.
The agent for Hurd, who is scheduled to be in court late Thursday afternoon, had not returned messages to Chicago-area media.
“We are disappointed whenever these circumstances arise,” the Bears said in a statement issued by the team. “We will deal with them appropriately once we have all the information.”
Hurd, 26, has been used primarily on special teams since signing as a free agent with the Bears on July 29. According to the Associated Press report, he signed the day after federal authorities say he had agreed to a “consensual interview” with Homeland Security investigators over $88,000 in cash that had been seized in a car he owned in the Dallas area.