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Questioned by feds a day before signing with Bears, Hurd allegedly kept trying to buy cocaine

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I’ve had a chance to fully digest the five-page criminal complaint filed today against Bears receiver Sam Hurd.  The document reveals that Hurd submitted to a consensual interview with federal authorities in July 2011 — but Hurd allegedly kept on buying and selling cocaine and marijuana, in large amounts.

On July 27, a person known only as T.L. allegedly was attempting to purchase four kilograms of cocaine on behalf of Hurd.  T.L. wanted to buy the cocaine at an early hour, because Hurd would be taking it to a “northern destination.”

Coincidentally — or otherwise — Hurd signed with the Bears on July 29.  Training camp opened in Illinois on July 30.

After a confidential informant arranged to sell the cocaine to T.L., but before the transaction was completed, the authorities arranged a routine traffic stop, at which time $88,000 was seized.  T.L. told authorities that the car and the money belonged to Hurd.

On July 28, one day before the Bears gave Hurd a $1.35 million signing bonus as part of a three-year contract, Hurd engaged in a consensual interview with federal authorities, in an effort to recover his $88,000.  Hurd said he had conducted bank withdrawals and wire transfers, and that T.L. had the car containing the money because T.L. was performing maintenance and detailing on the vehicle.

Hurd provided federal authorities with a bank statement reflecting the withdrawals.  The statement and the amounts allegedly did not match.

At that point, a normal person would have been scared straight.  (Then again, a normal person would never have been trying to buy four kilograms of cocaine.)  Roughly two weeks later, however, T.L. negotiated with the same informant the purchase of five kilograms of cocaine on behalf of Hurd.  The discussions continued in early September, but the transaction apparently was not consummated at the time.

Then, in early December, T.L. told the informant that Hurd wanted to meet personally with the informant to discuss further business.  Conversations between T.L. and the informant culminated in Wednesday’s meeting at Morton’s Steakhouse in Rosemont.  At the meeting, Hurd told the informant and an undercover officer that Hurd wanted to buy five to ten kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week.  The undercover agent eventually gave Hurd a kilogram of cocaine.  Hurd left the restaurant with the cocaine, and he was arrested in his car.

The criminal complaint raises significant questions regarding the three-month lag in communications between September and December between T.L. and the informant.  It seems odd that Hurd would have so quickly found someone in Chicago who could supply four kilograms of cocaine per week, while struggling to finalize a single transaction with the informant in Dallas.  It could be that Hurd was lying about the current breadth of his operations, in the hopes of securing the trust and respect of the people with whom he was still dealing in Texas.

Given the clumsy manner in which Hurd handled the $88,000 that was seized only a day or so before he received $1.35 million from the Bears, common sense suggests that, if he were buying four kilograms of cocaine per week from someone in Chicago, it will be easy to collect enough evidence to prove that Hurd was buying and selling that amount of drugs.

Time will tell whether Hurd was indeed trafficking that much cocaine per week.  For now, though, there’s a chance that Hurd has been operating less like Heisenberg and more like Jesse Pinkman.  (Bitch.)

Though it won’t allow Hurd to avoid charges arising from his apparent receipt with intent to distribute of one kilogram of cocaine from an undercover officer, it could mean that he isn’t quite the kingpin that he painted himself to be last night.

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82 Responses to “Questioned by feds a day before signing with Bears, Hurd allegedly kept trying to buy cocaine”
  1. johnnyb216 says: Dec 15, 2011 8:43 PM

    Dumb. Dumb. Dumb…

  2. nomoreseasontix says: Dec 15, 2011 8:49 PM

    Inept….
    Note to self: don’t do a deal if the hookup is carrying a key to a restaurant…
    Morton’s… Really??

  3. ballsooharduniversity says: Dec 15, 2011 8:51 PM

    I really dont understand Sam Hurd… millions of people would do anything to be in your position. You get to play the game that you love for over a million dollars and you throw it away? Terrible

  4. edmazeing1 says: Dec 15, 2011 8:53 PM

    Ok PFT its time to move on, from talking about this guy!!

  5. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Dec 15, 2011 8:53 PM

    If anyone ever wondered why so many fans were in support of the owners during the lockout, this is why…

    I know many of these guys are good guys, but also many of them are not. And a lot of them come from terrible backgrounds, but even when they’ve been blessed with an amazing opportunities, they sink back to the scumb bag lifestyle they once knew…

    Money doesn’t change people, it just makes their true character come out even more…

  6. notrelated says: Dec 15, 2011 8:54 PM

    Yo!

  7. readysethike says: Dec 15, 2011 8:54 PM

    This would be a very interesting movie

  8. theglap says: Dec 15, 2011 8:55 PM

    “(Then again, a normal person would never have been trying to buy four kilograms of cocaine.) ”

    You are so ridiculously elitist.

    Anyway, on to the real news:

    Hurd has allegedly been selling drugs to NFL players, and the feds have a list of names in the double digits.

    This story is just getting started.

    Anyone wanna bet that Ratliff was friendly with Hurd?

  9. Lou Pickney says: Dec 15, 2011 8:55 PM

    Did the CI put a red hat on Sam Hurd’s head like Bubbles used to do on The Wire?

  10. mikeheruki says: Dec 15, 2011 8:56 PM

    That’s my Bears! Dealing only with people of good character.

  11. tonymission says: Dec 15, 2011 8:58 PM

    So wait… they meet with an informant and right before deal with said informant goes down, TL gets stopped and has the money seized. They suspect nothing of that, meet with the same informant, discuss even larger dealings and think everything’s on the up and up?

    I’ll tell you one thing: Sam Hurd is not a drug dealer. The big shots aren’t that stupid — they’d never be big. Hurd was “big” because he had the money to buy into it. He obviously didn’t start from the bottom up.

  12. snap0179 says: Dec 15, 2011 8:58 PM

    Awesome Jesse Pinkman reference!

  13. phijenny says: Dec 15, 2011 8:58 PM

    Ahh.. That’s how Jay Cutler won back Kristin Cavallari.

  14. critobara says: Dec 15, 2011 9:00 PM

    Love the use of the Jesse Pinkman photo.

    What a shame that he (Aaron Paul) and the show were not nominated for a Golden Globe today.

  15. transam7816 says: Dec 15, 2011 9:01 PM

    “Hurd left the restaurant with the cocaine, and he was arrested in his car.”

    Haha that’s dirty

  16. kenhawk says: Dec 15, 2011 9:03 PM

    Stay classy Mike.

  17. dwinsgames says: Dec 15, 2011 9:03 PM

    Totally absHurd!

  18. edhochuli says: Dec 15, 2011 9:07 PM

    Am I missing something? Who the heck is they guy pictured????

  19. petehemlock says: Dec 15, 2011 9:08 PM

    There should have been a cigarette boat chase scene on Lake Michigan.

  20. janvanflac says: Dec 15, 2011 9:08 PM

    actually, he’s more of a Gus Fring character….respectable job as a front for being the kingpin.

  21. 2difshoe says: Dec 15, 2011 9:09 PM

    Forrest Gump syndrome .

  22. trevor123698 says: Dec 15, 2011 9:13 PM

    Its too bad he doesnt know the truth about his status as a public servant being optional. Down with STRAW-MEN

  23. eaglesandflyers says: Dec 15, 2011 9:14 PM

    Anytime I read “T.I.”, I’m reminded of the rapper, which makes this even funnier.

  24. 7pints says: Dec 15, 2011 9:16 PM

    Man, you are lucky enough to have professional football talent and you still can’t get rid of the ‘hood mentality??? Someone please explain this to me.

  25. footballhistorian says: Dec 15, 2011 9:16 PM

    Why do they keep spelling turd with an H?

  26. geniusesq says: Dec 15, 2011 9:16 PM

    So I guess T.L. is the white guy in the mugshot-like picture?

    He looks more like he works in Banana Republic than the dope trade.

  27. emperorzero says: Dec 15, 2011 9:18 PM

    Dude, Jesse Pinkman is the man. Hurd would be lucky to be Pinkman. See Season 5 of Breaking Bad and you will agree.

  28. 2difshoe says: Dec 15, 2011 9:19 PM

    I’m sure anyone reading this that is handed $ 1.3 million could and would find a way to live of this for their lifetime.

    What is it with these guys ?!?!

  29. canowack says: Dec 15, 2011 9:20 PM

    What a scum

  30. canowack says: Dec 15, 2011 9:21 PM

    edhochuli says:
    Dec 15, 2011 9:07 PM
    Am I missing something? Who the heck is they guy pictured????

    Must be some cokehead…

  31. bigcc says: Dec 15, 2011 9:21 PM

    Way to go NFC North….Drug dealer in Chicago, women beaters in GB and Minnesota….Suh looks better every day!

  32. f16fighterjet says: Dec 15, 2011 9:21 PM

    Worked my but off to be able to receive a 1.3 million dollar contract; Check. Blew everything I worked for with a 2 second decision; Check.

    Idiot

  33. gor76 says: Dec 15, 2011 9:22 PM

    I was thinking about Jesse Pinkman while getting carded for decongestant at Target last night.

  34. lexnekst says: Dec 15, 2011 9:23 PM

    Entrapment. Federal government could be using those resources to convict the murderers, rapists (like Sandusky), and wall street CEOs.

  35. noahbird says: Dec 15, 2011 9:23 PM

    You could’ve used a word other than “bitch” for the link.

  36. eagerinsight says: Dec 15, 2011 9:23 PM

    Church!

  37. ProDolphinsTalk says: Dec 15, 2011 9:26 PM

    I guess he’s no longer a sleeper in my Fantasy Drug Dealer draft. Guess I’ll have to go with the rankings and take Jerome Simpson instead.

  38. briang123 says: Dec 15, 2011 9:26 PM

    If Hurd were white, he would have gotten his 88K back already with an apology. Since he is black, they will throw he book at him. Just ask Mike Vick and Plexico Burress, who each got harsh sentences for nothing.

  39. clbrett06 says: Dec 15, 2011 9:28 PM

    Us average Americans struggling with the economy have to hear about a professional football player making millions selling drugs? These guys playing a kids game should not be making millions. How about the everyday Americans working the 9 to 5?

  40. tuckergrass says: Dec 15, 2011 9:28 PM

    I don’t know that being “the world’s dumbest drug dealer” is that great of a plan for ‘life after football’.

  41. nyyjetsknicks says: Dec 15, 2011 9:31 PM

    They questioned him earlier this year and still tried to by half a millon in drugs? The over under on his iq is 90 and I’m taking the under.

  42. pdxbolt says: Dec 15, 2011 9:31 PM

    Love the Breaking Bad references.

    Bitch.

  43. edhochuli says: Dec 15, 2011 9:32 PM

    Ignorance with the Ratliff-Hurd stories. Read the story, Calvin Watkins has a history of badgering in the locker room. He kept pushing for a non-story from Ratliff and was told to drop it then started a shouting match. This per the Star Telegram. Funny how Hurd is being pushed by you guys as a former Cowboy rather than CURRENT Bear. As for the ones saying “word is Ratliff’s on the list”, just shut up unless you work for Chicago PD and have inside info. Thumbs down me, Cowboys haters and ignorant morons.

  44. st0n3r78 says: Dec 15, 2011 9:33 PM

    Im trying to figure out how an article about Hurd has the image of “Jessie Pinkman” from Breaking Bad? Is there some kind of hidden comparison being made here?

  45. echoplex89 says: Dec 15, 2011 9:33 PM

    hate it or love, the underdogs on top.

    well, maybe not anymore.

  46. jaggedmark says: Dec 15, 2011 9:39 PM

    Tony Montana wanabe!

  47. getyourownname says: Dec 15, 2011 9:49 PM

    This is a wild hunch, but I’m thinking the line just moved toward Seattle.

    No, the betting line.

  48. relaunche says: Dec 15, 2011 9:51 PM

    Something smells fishy about this whole thing… I don’t think this is as big as people think. I think Hurd was blowing it all up himself and that is what is in the documents… Just my opinion. The gangs who run the drug operations here in Chicago would not allow him to become as big as is being reported…

  49. raiderspride says: Dec 15, 2011 9:56 PM

    I think many here have experimented with drugs as a kid.

    You have been there? “Hey it is just one line right. “Check it out?”

    How many of you have had their 15 year old honor student die from a reaction. Die from her drug experiment? Ripped out of your life.

    How many people have had a child taken away forever, at a party on a Friday Night, two blocks from home, and where every person at the party testified that it was the first time she ever experimented/tried drugs?

    Fu#K them all.. F*ck everyone like him. And fu*ck the $88,000 dollars he had in his car.

  50. elmoron says: Dec 15, 2011 10:03 PM

    The “northern destination” appears to be heading south. Hope there weren’t any other players using Einstein as their dealer.

  51. elmoron says: Dec 15, 2011 10:08 PM

    st0n3r78 says:
    Dec 15, 2011 9:33 PM
    Im trying to figure out how an article about Hurd has the image of “Jessie Pinkman” from Breaking Bad? Is there some kind of hidden comparison being made here?
    ———————————————————–
    Apparently, it’s that up-all-night, paranoia-zapped, deer-caught-in-headlight look that is very applicable to Mr. Hurd at the moment.

  52. norcal031 says: Dec 15, 2011 10:14 PM

    Yo even up here in northern cali in November its impossible to buy 1000 p’s a week. Usually when someone tries to go large like that they are talking to cops. I mean I’ve heard of 10 packs and 50 packs put G packs???

  53. dabeloved says: Dec 15, 2011 10:17 PM

    Good picture of Jesse.

  54. elmoron says: Dec 15, 2011 10:18 PM

    relaunche says:
    Dec 15, 2011 9:51 PM
    Something smells fishy about this whole thing… The gangs who run the drug operations here in Chicago would not allow him to become as big as is being reported…
    ———————————————————–
    Bingo. Guess who “T.L.” works for?

  55. heyzeus143 says: Dec 15, 2011 10:18 PM

    Lou Pickney
    thinking the same thing :-) , sheeeeet!

  56. indywilson40 says: Dec 15, 2011 10:19 PM

    I believe that selling drugs should be illegal .

  57. concernedcitizen001 says: Dec 15, 2011 10:25 PM

    What a complete and utter Dumba$$!!!!!

  58. jh500 says: Dec 15, 2011 10:25 PM

    If Sam were white, this would have never gotten out. Since he is black, he will be made an ‘example’ out of. For some reason, people hate seeing black people be successful and have a fortune (Mike Vick, Plax).

  59. pittsburghavenue says: Dec 15, 2011 10:25 PM

    Hurd should be suspended for the rest of the season as this clearly violates the personal conduct policy. Harrison get s suspended for a questionable hit so this definitely warrants the rest of the season.

  60. marshmont says: Dec 15, 2011 10:29 PM

    i don’t like cocaine. i just like the way it smells.

  61. elmoron says: Dec 15, 2011 10:34 PM

    norcal031 says:
    Dec 15, 2011 10:14 PM
    Yo even up here in northern cali in November its impossible to buy 1000 p’s a week. Usually when someone tries to go large like that they are talking to cops. I mean I’ve heard of 10 packs and 50 packs put G packs???
    ———————————————————–
    Signed,
    Jerry Brown

  62. dolphins4 says: Dec 15, 2011 10:43 PM

    Michael Irvin taught him everything he knows.

  63. hatasgonnahate says: Dec 15, 2011 10:44 PM

    hurd should quarterback for the bears.. he’s slangin the rock harder than hanie…

  64. waltdawg says: Dec 15, 2011 10:50 PM

    ENOUGH OF ALL OF THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WILL HURD BE AVAILABLE FOR FANTASY ON SUNDAY OR NOT????!!!?!?

  65. elmoron says: Dec 15, 2011 10:59 PM

    norcal031 says:
    Dec 15, 2011 10:14 PM
    Yo even up here in northern cali in November its impossible to buy 1000 p’s a week. Usually when someone tries to go large like that they are talking to cops. I mean I’ve heard of 10 packs and 50 packs put G packs???
    ———————————————————–
    Signed,
    Jerry Brown
    PS: Anybody out there holdin’? My mid-west contact is suddenly not answering my page.

  66. howley1 says: Dec 15, 2011 11:34 PM

    Anyone wanna bet that Ratliff was friendly with Hurd?

    ———————————————————————–

    Probably. You know they were on the same team for a number of years, right?

  67. relaunche says: Dec 15, 2011 11:39 PM

    elmoron I am glad you are feelin me…. Guarantee you this is not as BIG as they are HOPIN it is… but there will be some other NFL players involved… I am loving that… Hope they are sweating balls too… But none of the Bears players knew..PFFFFFFFF… OK fellas…… Who U foolin? They are all steppin back from their boy right now… I have listened to them on the radio today… We need to rebuild anyhow… Let the dominos fall….

  68. yevrag3535 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:18 AM

    Boo, Dallas sucks!

  69. akmgiants says: Dec 16, 2011 12:22 AM

    wish i could cop from some nfl players lol
    that would be sick

  70. steeelfann says: Dec 16, 2011 12:34 AM

    Don’t see Tebow doing that crap. He is putting up hospitals in the Phillipines. But let’s spew hatred toward Tebow. Makes seeeennnsssseee……………..dumbed down America.

  71. plum13sec says: Dec 16, 2011 12:49 AM

    does anyone remember the TV show about the pro football team? it was very realistic in portraying the lifestyle this man allegedly upheld.

  72. bigcatdaddy says: Dec 16, 2011 1:06 AM

    Selling drugs to a cop= busted but isn’t cops selling you drugs entrapment? And I hope the race comments were jokes cause thats the funnies crap I’ve ever Hurd!

  73. lookatthefarside says: Dec 16, 2011 5:17 AM

    Bitch.

  74. tommytd says: Dec 16, 2011 6:12 AM

    I think the Bears front office & coaching staff has been on drugs for quite some time.

  75. imko4t says: Dec 16, 2011 6:49 AM

    If Hurd were white, he would have gotten his 88K back already with an apology. Since he is black, they will throw he book at him. Just ask Mike Vick and Plexico Burress, who each got harsh sentences for nothing.

     11 130 
    That’s right ask Hurd or Vick or Burress well guess what?

    Next time leave race out or you look stupid like you did!

  76. Reggie's Bush says: Dec 16, 2011 7:29 AM

    Yo! Mr. White, get me Saul Goodman!! Bitch!!

  77. cleverbob says: Dec 16, 2011 7:37 AM

    I negotiate all my best cocaine deals at Morton’s. They just know how to treat a drug trafficker right.

  78. howley1 says: Dec 16, 2011 8:30 AM

    “Michael Irvin taught him everything he knows.”

    I doubt the Pleamaker taught him how to stay out of prison though.

  79. thegreatness34 says: Dec 16, 2011 9:37 AM

    And instead of going after a REAL receiver, Angelo, who is as dumb as they get, still signs this guy…and Roy Williams!!! Look at ALL the production we got out of these 2 guys!!!(dripping sarcasm).

  80. trollhammer20 says: Dec 16, 2011 10:59 AM

    T.L.:

    The 80s called. They want their bad haircut back.

  81. howley1 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:16 PM

    Man, if you guys don’t know that that pic is Jesse Pinkman you need to watch Breaking Bad. But torrent and watch the first four seasons first. There are only one or two seasons left.

  82. bubba9er says: Dec 16, 2011 6:35 PM

    I don’t watch Breaking Bad, so I didn’t recognize the character’s name when I saw the picture. I went to high school with Aaron Sturdivant (Paul is his stage name) in Boise, ID.
    Pretty cool that he is having so much success. No one believed him when he said he was moving to Hollywood to be in the movies…

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