DALLAS –– Former Dallas Cowboys player Sam Hurd will plead guilty Thursday to a single count of conspiring to sell cocaine and marijuana, his attorney said.
Hurd, who was previously accused of overseeing a drug distribution network, will enter a guilty plea for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, said Jay Ethington, Hurd's Dallas-based lawyer.
Hurd was re-indicted on March 23 by a federal grand jury in Dallas for attempting to buy five kilograms of cocaine from his cousin, whom has also pleaded guilty.
The former NFL wide reciever's legal problems began in 2011.
Hurd, 27, was arrested at a Chicago-area steakhouse on December 14, 2011 after allegedly agreeing to purchase multiple kilograms of cocaine on a weekly basis from a federal informant and an undercover officer. He was taken into custody walking out of the restaurant with a kilogram of cocaine given to him as a sample, according to a previous federal indictment.
Five months prior, officers had stopped Toby Lujan driving Hurd's Cadillac and seized a bag containing $88,000 and marijuana residue, federal documents allege. Investigators say Lujan became a federal informant and continued to help Hurd acquire cocaine, including setting up the meeting at the steakhouse.
The guilty plea says Hurd "did knowingly, intentionally and unlawfully" conspire to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and five kilograms of cocaine between July 2011 and June 6, 2012. Federal investigators said he tested positive for marijuana in May and July of 2012 while released from jail on bond.
During that time, he is also accused of buying 30 pounds of marijuana from his cousin, Jesse Tyrone Chavful.
Chavful pled guilty in October 2012 of conspiracy to possess five or more kilograms of cocaine with intent to distribute. The feds say Chavful tried to arrange a meeting with cocaine dealers on Hurd's behalf.
Those dealers turned out to be federal informants. In August 2012, Hurd was arrested in his hometown of San Antonio for violating the conditions of his bond.
If convicted, Hurd faces between five years and life in prison, said Ethington. The judge may also choose to give him probation.
Hurd played for the Cowboys from 2006 to 2010. He signed with the Bears in 2011 but was cut that year amid his legal problems.
The Associated Press reports Hurd is jailed without bond at a Dallas-area prison.