Sam Hurd’s lawyer says his client isn’t a drug dealer, just a “marijuana freak”

We reported the other day that , former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd was likely going to strike a plea deal after being charged with  trying to buy cocaine and marijuana as well as set up a network to distribute drugs.

According to Black Sports Online, today Hurd apologized and plead guilty to the charges.

The 27-year-old Hurd faces a minimum 10-year sentence for conspiracy to possess cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute. He was arrested in December 2011 outside a Chicago-area steakhouse after allegedly accepting a kilogram of cocaine.

Prosecutors and Hurd’s attorneys have been in plea discussions for months, according to one of his attorneys, Jay Ethington.

Ethington told The Chicago Tribune that he plans to “vigorously contest” Hurd’s sentencing, contending that the former receiver didn’t engage in drug trafficking to the extent alleged by prosecutors.

“He’s a marijuana freak,” Ethington told the newspaper. “He loves marijuana. He’s addicted to high-grade marijuana.”

Ethington said Hurd was not a marijuana dealer.

“Sell? No. Share with his friends? Yes,” Ethington told the newspaper.

I could be wrong, but I’ve never heard of a marijuana addict trying to set up a network to distribute drugs.  Not only was he trying to sell weed, he was looking to also deal cocaine.



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