Former Cowboys player Sam Hurd indicted on drug charges

Former Cowboys player Sam Hurd indicted on drug charges

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Sam Hurd was fired from the Chicago Bears following his arrest. He had previously played for the Dallas Cowboys. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

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Posted on January 4, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 4 at 8:11 PM

DALLAS — A federal grand jury has indicted former Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd on charges linked to cocaine distribution.

In a statement issued late Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney's office said Hurd and another man, Toby Lujan, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

A confidential informant allegedly provided information to federal authorities that Lujan was attempting to buy cocaine from Hurd last July. Lujan's car was pulled over and a canvas bag with $88,000 in cash was found inside.

According to the criminal complaint, the informant said the cash belonged to Hurd, which Hurd later confirmed to Homeland Security Investigations.

Last month, Hurd, who is 26,  allegedly met with an undercover agent at a restaurant in Chicago and said he was interested in buying five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week to distribute in the Chicago area, according to the complaint.

Officials said Hurd told the agent that he focuses on the "higher-end" deals while his associate was in charge of the rest of the drug distribution operation.

Hurd was arrested shortly after the restaurant meeting on December 14. He was then fired by the Chicago Bears.

If convicted on the conspiracy charge, Hurd faces a prison term of 10 years to life; and from five to 40 years of intent to distribute illegal drugs.

Hurd remained free on $100,000 bond. His attorney, David Kenner of Encino, Calif., declined to comment on the indictment until he could review the documents.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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