The Chicago Bears’ Sam Hurd was arrested on Wednesday on charges of drug dealing after a sting operation allegedly caught him trying to walk out of a restaurant with a kilogram of cocaine.
The Bears wide receiver allegedly told an undercover officer that he wanted up to 10kg of cocaine and 453kg marijuana per week, which he planned to sell in the Chicago area, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The 26-year-old Hurd played five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys before signing a three-year contract with the Bears in the offseason.
“We are aware of Sam’s arrest and are continuing to gather details surrounding it,” the NFL club said. “We are disappointed whenever these circumstances arise. We will deal with them appropriately once we have all the information.”
Hurd agreed to pay US$25,000 for each kilogram of cocaine and US$450 for every pound of marijuana.
He said he had a partner, but that he was in charge of the “higher-end deals.”
According to the report, Hurd then walked out of the restaurant with a package of cocaine and was arrested.
Hurd plays mainly on special teams with the Bears. In 77 NFL games he has started six games and has two career touchdowns.
Hurd received a US$1.3 million signing bonus from the Bears and will make US$685,000 this season.