On Wednesday, Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd was arrested for a drug offense after allegedly attempting to arrange drug sales. He was taken into custody by federal authorities.
According to authorities, Hurd was first pinpointed as a possible dealer in the summer. After he allegedly met with an undercover agent about making a drug deal, he was arrested. The agent said Hurd wanted to arrange a deal to purchase 1,000 pounds of marijuana and between five and 10 kilograms of cocaine a week. According to the agent, Hurd wanted to distribute the drugs throughout Chicago.
The criminal complaint also alleges that Hurd and a co-conspirator were already in the drug dealing business, selling approximately four kilograms of cocaine a week. He was apparently searching for a new supplier, apparently saying that his supplier at the time couldn't keep up with sales.
If convicted of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, Hurd could face up to 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine.
Lovie Smith, coach of the Bears, said Hurd's arrest was a surprise, and no one saw it coming. He added that Hurd is still a member of the team for now. Hurd's defense attorney said the wide receiver is ready to fight the charges.
As is evident in this case, federal investigators take drug offenses very seriously. A conviction could have an extremely negative impact on your livelihood. This is why it is so important to understand your rights if you are facing criminal charges. It could go a long way toward protecting your freedom.
Source: CBS News, "Feds bust Bears WR for bid to deal cocaine, pot," Dec. 15, 2011