As Peter Bella reports for the Washington Times, an incident in Texas involving NFL pro Sam Hurd's vehicle and the $88,000 in cash and marijuana found inside got "the ball rolling" toward Hurd's eventual arrest in Chicago and leveling of drug charges roughly half a year later.
The 26-year-old Hurd is originally from Texas and played for the Dallas Cowboys (he now plays for the Chicago Bears). Hurd's friend had been driving his vehicle at the time of the incident with the cash and marijuana - evidently Hurd was not arrested, but police began investigating.
As Bella reports, Hurd recently met with an undercover agent at a steakhouse. Over dinner, Hurd "negotiated" with the agent to buy cocaine and marijuana. Hurd told the agent that his current supplier could not meet demand, which necessitated the current deal.
Hurd left the steakhouse with a starter kilo given to him by the agent and was arrested as he got into his car.
Drug charges in Texas are just as serious - if not more serious - than almost anywhere else in the nation. Depending on the circumstances, Hurd will stand trial in either Texas or Illinois; he faces decades behind bars if convicted of drug trafficking.
It appears as though Hurd's clients were primarily NFL players.
Source: The Washington Times, "Chicago Bear Sam Hurd faces drug charges," by Peter Bella, 12/16/11