Sam Hurd drug case continues: Co-defendant pleads guilty

While former Dallas Cowboys receiver Sam Hurd remains in jail after nearly two months after a judge revoked his bail, his defense case received a potential setback. A co-defendant in the case pled guilty to charges that he helped Hurd try to sell large amounts of cocaine. This is the second guilty plea in the case and both co-defendants could ultimately testify against Hurd.

Hurd faces federal drug charges for allegedly trying to buy 10 kilograms of cocaine. The government says he and two coconspirators planned to sell the drugs. Although Hurd denies all of the charges, both of the alleged coconspirators have now pled guilty to exactly those accusations.

The government claims that the three men worked together to try to build a drug distribution network. One of the codefendants admitted that he used Hurd's money to try to buy cocaine. The second codefendant, Hurd's cousin, apparently admitted that he tried to help Hurd buy cocaine twice. The first attempt took place last November. While Hurd was out on bail in May, he apparently met with the same codefendant to try to buy 200 pounds of marijuana and another five kilos of cocaine.

This alleged plot led to the codefendant's arrest when he tried to purchase the drugs from an undercover officer. The federal judge in the case revoked Hurd's bail over this incident and sent him back to jail to await trial.

The trial is now scheduled for December while both of the codefendants are still waiting for their sentencing hearings. All three men could face significant prison sentences because of the large amount of drugs involved in the case.

Source: Dallas Morning News, "Second co-defendant in drug case involving former Cowboys Sam Hurd pleads guilty," Kevin Krause, Oct. 17, 2012 

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