WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chicago Bears wide receiver Samuel Hurd has been arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute large quantities of cocaine and marijuana, U.S. authorities said on Thursday.
Hurd wanted to set up a drug distribution operation in Chicago and told an undercover law enforcement agent that he wanted to buy five to 10 kilograms of cocaine at a price of $25,000 per kilogram weekly, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.
He also said he wanted to buy 1,000 pounds of marijuana for $450 a pound, the complaint said. Hurd, 26, made the offer on Wednesday during a meeting at a Chicago restaurant set up by one of his associates.
During the meeting, he told the undercover agent that he and an unnamed co-conspirator currently distributed about four kilograms of cocaine in the Chicago area but his supplier could not provide enough, the complaint said.
Hurd, who signed a three-year contract with the National Football League's Bears in July after five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, also said that he focused on high-end deals while his co-conspirator was in charge of the majority of the deals, the complaint said.
The undercover agent gave Hurd a kilogram of cocaine before leaving the restaurant and the football player was arrested in the parking lot of the Chicago restaurant by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
He was charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and if convicted, he could face up to 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine.
"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."
(Reporting By Jeremy Pelofsky; Editing by Frank Pingue)