Bears’ WR Sam Hurd facing federal drug charges – USATODAY.com

He answered “Yes, sir” in a low voice to the judge’s questions whether he understood his rights.

The hearing was continued until 3 p.m. Federal agents said the case began in Dallas in July on a tip from an informant and investigators subsequently found $88,000 cash in the trunk of a car belonging to Hurd.

Bears players and officials said Thursday they were stunned by the news and coach Lovie Smith said the first inkling of the case came when Hurd didn’t show up for practice.

Contributing: Associated Press

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In his first year with the Bears, WR Sam Hurd (81) had eight catches while also playing on special teams.. District Court in a five-minute hearing late Thurday afternoon. Kim in U.S. He took a kilogram of cocaine with the promise to pay for it after Bears practice Thursday, and was arrested after he put it in his car.

At the meeting, Hurd told the agent he worked with a partner who handled the majority of the sales while he concentrated on “higher-end deals,” the complaint said. The investigation began in Dallas last summer before Hurd signed a three-year deal with the Bears worth up to $5.15 million.

Hurd, dressed in a gray T-shirt and dark jeans, appeared before Judge Young B. In his first year with the Bears, WR Sam Hurd (81) had eight catches while also playing on special teams.

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By Mike Dodd, USA TODAY

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CHICAGO Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd remained in custody Thursday night following his hearing in federal court on allegations he tried to establish a network that would sell more than 10 pounds of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana a week.

In his first year with the Bears, WR Sam Hurd (81) had eight catches while also playing on special teams.Rob Grabowski, US Presswire

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Hurd was arrested Wednesday, charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. ET Friday, at which time he is expected to be released on bail for further proceedings, which will be moved to Texas.

“Sam stands ready to fight this case,” said Brett Greenfield, Hurd’s attorney, who met after the hearing with prosecutors to discuss conditions of bail.

According the criminal complaint, Hurd told an undercover federal agent at a suburban restaurant Wednesday he was interested in buying five to 10 kilograms (2.2 pounds per kilo) of cocaine weekly to distribute in the Chicago area