A federal judge remanded former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd to jail indefinitely on Tuesday for failing two drug tests and allegedly buying drugs while already facing charges he tried to distribute marijuana and cocaine.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeff Kaplan said he was more troubled by the allegations that Hurd had tried to buy drugs while he was out on bond than he was by the failed drug tests. He revoked Hurd’s $100,000 bond.
Hurd turned toward his family after the hearing’s conclusion, saying, “Lies.” He spoke briefly to a few people watching before being led out of the courtroom.
The 27-year-old Hurd, who played for the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys, was arrested again earlier this month. Prosecutors say he tested positive for marijuana twice this year. His cousin has allegedly told authorities that he tried to buy five kilograms (about 11 pounds) and 200 pounds of marijuana on Hurd’s behalf.
The cousin, Jesse Tyrone Chavful, also told authorities that he sold Hurd 30 pounds of marijuana for $10,500 in May.
Hurd was arrested in December after allegedly accepting cocaine from an undercover agent at a suburban Chicago steakhouse. According to court documents, he took one kilogram (about 2 pounds) of cocaine and told the officer that he eventually wanted to buy five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week to distribute in the Chicago area.
Toby Lujan, an alleged co-conspirator accused of helping Hurd, pleaded guilty last week to a cocaine possession charge.
Prosecutors left court Tuesday without comment.
Hurd’s mother, Gloria Corbin, attended the hearing along with his wife, sisters and at least one former teammate in Marion Barber.
Cecilio Bustamante, a supervising probation officer in Dallas, said Hurd admitted to first failing a drug test in May and then again in July – the second time after entering into drug counseling. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent Robert Alarcon testified that months after Hurd’s arrest and release on bond, his cousin, Chavful, allegedly brought 30 pounds of marijuana in a blue ice chest to Hurd for $10,500.