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Dec162011

Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Jailed After Undercover Sting

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd is being held on federal drug charges after allegedly attempting to purchase over a pound of cocaine from an undercover agent, and is alleged to be one of the top drug dealers in the Chicago area.

Police are also reportedly in possession of a list of NFL players who were allegedly supplied with illegal drugs by Hurd.

“Sam intends to fight these charges, and we intend to defend him fully. We have complete confidence in him,” said attorney David Kenner.

According to the criminal complaint, Hurd, 26, met with an undercover agent at Morton’s restaurant in Rosemont, Ill., and told the agent that he was interested in buying five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana weekly to distribute across the Chicago area.

As the agent and Hurd dined on $300 worth of filet mignon, the wide receiver allegedly said that he and another person were already distributing approximately four kilos of cocaine weekly in Chicago, but needed a new supplier that could meet their demand.

Hurd allegedly told the agent that while his partner handled most of their drug deals, he was responsible for the “higher-end deals.”

Kathy Colvin, spokesperson for U.S. Attorney in Dallas, told ABC News that she “cannot confirm or deny” allegations that Hurd sold drugs to other NFL players, but she points out that such charges are not in the criminal complaint.

According to the charges, Hurd left the meeting with the undercover officer after he agreed to pay $25,000 for each kilo of cocaine and $450 per pound of marijuana. He said that he could pay for a kilo of cocaine after “he gets out of practice.”

He then walked out of the restaurant with the package and was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

Hurd, who spent five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and signed with the Bears on July 29, was first identified as a potential drug dealer this July when an informant tipped off authorities as the NFL lockout was coming to a close.

Bears Coach Lovie Smith said he was disappointed by the arrest, and called it a “total surprise.” He said that Hurd is still a member of the team for now.

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