Friday, December 16, 2011 , Updated 9:26 p.m., January 23, 2012
UPDATEDx4: Former Dallas Cowboys football player Sam Hurd pleads not guilty to drug charges
His appearance in federal court on January 25 was canceled.
See updates below.
Samuel Hurd, 26, who was a Dallas Cowboys wide receiver from 2006 to 2011, was arrested Wednesday after meeting with an undercover agent in Chicago and showing interest in buying drugs, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice. He attempted to buy 5 to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana and said he intended to distribute the drugs in Chicago.
Hurd currently plays for the Chicago Bears, and the statement says he told the undercover agent that he plays for the team and would make final arrangements after practice. He was given a kilo of cocaine, left the restaurant, and was arrested in the parking lot.
If found guilty, the maximum penalty is 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine.
The criminal charges were filed in Dallas, but NBCDFW reports that it's unclear if Hurd will return to Dallas.
UPDATE: Hurd has been released from the Chicago Bears. "The right thing to do is cut Sam Hurd," General Manager Jerry Angelo told NBC.
UPDATE x2: On Wednesday, January 4, Hurd was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts relating to cocaine possession. Toby Lujan, of Dallas, was handed the same indictment.
Lujan was later identified as the person who "attempted to arrange" four kilograms of cocaine for Hurd, according to a Department of Justice statement.
The indictment for both parties is one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, and one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
Neither have been convicted. If they are convicted, they'll each be subject to 10 years and up to life in prison and a $10 million fine from the conspiracy indictment; and five years and up to 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine for the intent to distribute indictment.
Sam Hurd and Toby Lujan Indictment -- Department of JusticeSam Hurd and Toby Lujan Indictment -- Department of Justice
UPDATE x3: Hurd is expected to enter a plea on January 25, 2012 in federal court in Dallas. He'll appear before Judge Jorge Solis.
UPDATE x4: Hurd pleaded "not guilty" to the charges. His arraignment was canceled and a trial will be scheduled. Hurd also hired new lawyers and will now be represented by Michael McCrum and Jay Ethington, who signed the court document below: