Sam Hurd Receives 15 Years In Prison For Drug Trafficking

By: Tobias Roth - November 14, 2013

The drug war has struck again, and this time finds Sam Hurd as the victim. The government had recommended a life sentence without parole, but the judge changed the sentence to 15 years in a federal prison. He has been in a battle with the U.S. Attorney’s office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement for over two years now, and the decision finally puts the case to rest.

Hurd is a former NFL wide receiver who played for both the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears. During the trial, Sam Hurd stood before U.S. District Court Judge Jorge A. Solis, on Wednesday in federal court in Dallas. He pleaded for a second chance, and begged for forgiveness for the admittedly stupid things that he did.

He was sentenced for a crime that included starting a drug-distribution scheme while playing for the Chicago Bears, ending his career in football, and much of his future. He tried to buy and distribute large amounts of both marijuana and cocaine. Although it was during the time that he was a member of the NFL, the prosecutor in the case, John Kull said “He’s not being prosecuted because he’s an NFL player. He’s being prosecuted because he’s a drug dealer.”

In the arrest that was made in 2011, Hurd told an undercover agent that he wanted 5 to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week to distribute in the Chicago area. At the time, he claimed to have already been distributing 4 kilograms per week.

He continued to plead, and begged Solis for a second chance, promising to be an upstanding citizen, and loving husband and father. He knows what he did was wrong, and simply wants to write his wrongs. In court, he said “My life is a train wreck because of the bad decisions I made. I was extremely stupid. I feel the pain I caused my wife, mother, father, sisters and brothers and my community.”

Unfortunately for Sam Hurd, none of his teammates were able to make the trial, and his former teammate and star running back Marion Barber was supposed to attend, but missed his flight and was upset that he could not support his close friend.

At only 28-years-old, Sam Hurd will be forced to serve 15 years in prison for his crime, but luckily it is much less than what he could have been given. He pleaded the case for a second chance, and will likely be a changed man once he gets out.

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Tobias RothTobias Roth is a writer, and received his bachelor's degree in English with a concentration on Film Studies from Michigan State University. He has always loved watching movies and enjoys live music when he can. He also loves being outdoors and enjoys a good game of ultimate frisbee. Follow him on Twitter: @tobiasiroth

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    I hate to tell America but the police are moving that amount of product every day in every community in America. Go talk to the drug dealers about that. Only in America, would you go to prison for doing something to your own body and only in America would they ignore the fact that drug abuse is an addiction. But heck, if you are rich drug addict, you go to a country club rehab center. If you are poor, you go to a prison.

    Heck, our CIA is financed from drug sales and one of the reasons why care about Afghanistan is because of the poppy fields. Genocide is occurring in Rwanda but Rwanda doesn’t have oil or drug so we don’t give a damn about them. The war on drug is a farce. Most of those people need help and not prison. Prison will not make the drug problem go away. However, drugs keep the prisons full and boy there is a lot of money being made off of prison labor. Billions upon billions.

    Go to countries that legalized drugs. They have far less problems than we do and people will shift from the harder drugs to the safer drugs. I don’t like drugs and actually have never used them, but I have worked in the counseling environment. I am hear to tell you that our current policies on drugs simply are not working. Massive incarceration is not the answer. Nothing will get better.