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Bears Ex-Receiver Hurd Free on $100,000 Bail in Drug Case

Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Sam Hurd, the former Chicago Bears wide receiver accused by the U.S. of a drug-trafficking conspiracy, was freed on $100,000 bail by a federal magistrate.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Young Kim in Chicago today agreed to a bail terms proposed by Hurd’s lawyer, Brett Greenfield of Los Angeles, and federal prosecutors. The National Football League player, who has been in custody since Dec. 14, appeared in court wearing an orange jumpsuit with his ankles shackled.

Hurd, 26, was arrested with one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of cocaine in his possession as he exited a Chicago-area restaurant where he had been negotiating with an undercover federal agent for a weekly supply of $700,000 in cocaine and marijuana, prosecutors said.

The charge of conspiracy to possess 500 or more grams of a cocaine mixture with intent to distribute it carries a maximum term of 40 years in prison. Hurd hasn’t been arraigned or entered a plea.

The Bears cut Hurd from the team today. He spent his first five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys before joining the Bears as a free agent in July. The San Antonio native, who played at Northern Illinois University, has eight catches for 109 yards this season, and 77 receptions for 739 yards for his career.

The criminal complaint against him was filed by prosecutors in Dallas, where he’s required to appear to answer the charges. As a condition of his bail, Hurd must also find a job.

The case is U.S. v. Hurd, 11-cr-875, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Harris in Chicago at aharris16@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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