DALLAS (AP) - Former NFL receiver Sam Hurd pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a new indictment accusing him of trying to obtain cocaine and marijuana while he was out on bond awaiting trial on charges of trying to start a drug ring in the Chicago area.
The indictment filed last month is based on allegations that Hurd asked a cousin, Jesse Tyrone Chavful, to buy drugs. Chavful signed a guilty plea agreement Monday to one count of conspiracy to possess five or more kilograms of cocaine _ documents in which Chavful said Hurd contacted him at his T-shirt shop in San Antonio and asked to “get him cocaine and marijuana.”
According to the documents, Chavful said he set up a deal to purchase the drugs but was arrested.
Hurd entered his plea in federal court in Dallas, appearing in an orange jail uniform and standing next to Ethington. He’s been in custody since August after failing two drug tests and the Chavful allegations surfaced.
Hurd’s arrest during last year’s NFL season shocked his teammates on the Chicago Bears. Authorities have accused him of trying to set up large-scale purchases of cocaine and marijuana _ and accepting 1 kilogram, or 2.2 pounds, of what he thought was cocaine from an undercover officer at a Chicago-area steakhouse.
Hurd allegedly told the officer he wanted to eventually buy 5 to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week to distribute in the Chicago area. Agents arrested him outside the steakhouse.
“Under the circumstances, he’s doing a lot better than I would,” Ethington said.
The San Antonio native played at Northern Illinois and spent five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys before signing with the Bears in 2011.
“There’s not going to be any plea discussions that I’ve heard of,” Ethington said.