Former Northern Illinois and current Bears receiver Sam Hurd was arrested Thursday night on federal drug charges, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Hurd told an undercover agent last night that he wanted five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and a half ton of marijuana a week "for distribution in the Chicago area."
The news of the arrest was first reported by the Dallas Morning News.
"We are aware of Sam's arrest and are continuing to gather details surrounding it," the Bears said in a statement. " We are disappointed whenever these circumstances arise. We will deal with them appropriately once we have all the information."
Hurd first came on Homeland Security's radar in July, when an associate driving his vehicle -- which included $88,000 in cash -- was pulled over in a routine traffic stop.
Hurd agreed to terms with the Bears to a three-year, $5.1 million contract on July 29th, according to the team's official transaction report. But, on July 27, Hurd was going to transport the cocaine "to a northern destination" that same day," according to the Homeland Security report.
Bears players reported for training camp in Bourbonnais on the 29th and practiced on the 30th.
Hurd met with an undercover Homeland Security agent at a restaurant on W. Bryn Mawr Ave at 7:40 last night. He told the undercover agent he wanted to purchase 5-10 kilograms of cocaine & 1,000 pounds of marijuana a week to distribute in Chicago because the four kilograms he was currently distributing with a co-conspirator wasn't enough.
Hurd then accepted a kilogram of cocaine from the undercover agent, placed it in his vehicle, and then was subsquently arrested.
The report says that Hurd faces 21 violations and that the defendant "knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully combine, conspire, confederate and agree together and with other persons known and unknown, to possess and distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing detectable amounts of cocaine."