Sam Hurd is currently involved in one of the more ridiculous stories in recent memory: A professional athlete making millions of dollars per year to run around and catch a ball has been accused of running a multi-million dollar drug ring.
The details of the story are what make it unbelievable, especially considering the amount of time that cable TV has dedicated to the “art” of drug dealing in the last 10 years. Sam Hurd obviously never watched The Wire. If he had, he would have found very simple ways to avoid getting into trouble.
Sam Hurd Mistake #1
Hurd told an undercover agent Wednesday night that he was looking to buy ”5 to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week for distribution in the Chicago area.”
Simple mistake here.
NEVER go directly to the source, especially if that source is an undercover agent.
The source in The Wire was The Greek. No one knew his real name. He was very inaccessible. Meetings weren’t made directly. Send someone else.
Hurd could have even gone the Breaking Bad route and called himself Mr. Heisenberg. Just don’t let anyone know that it’s you.
Sam Hurd Mistake #2
The money Hurd was willing to spend was on top of what he was already purchasing elsewhere. Hurd told the informant that he currently distributed “four kilograms of cocaine per week in the Chicago area, but that the supplier could not supply him with enough quantity.”
Why is he disclosing this information?
He’s like a bad villain from a James Bond movie who tells everyone his secret plan. Come on dude, keep that information to yourself. Did he think that they guy wasn’t going to give him drugs if he didn’t know every exact detail?
And again, why is Hurd doing the talking in the first place. Where’s Wallace when you need him?
Another question: why is Hurd buying from this guy?
If I’m going to be buying mass quantities of drugs from someone, I’m going to need someone to vouch for him. I’m going to need to see receipts. I want proof. What kind of undercover agent is going to be able to provide that information? I’m not taking anyone’s word when it comes to $2 million worth of drugs per month.
Unless he was talking to Bubbs the whole time. In that case, don’t put on the red hat. That’s how they get you.
Sam Hurd Mistake #3
Hurd first came on the police’s radar in July. After receiving a tip, police found a man with a bag filled with $88,000 in a canvas bag. The man said the money and car belonged to Hurd. It was Hurd’s car, and the receiver still attempted to get the money back.
Don’t ever use a car that’s in your name. That’s called “leaving a trail.” Where is his slimy lawyer like Mr. Levy or Bob Odenkirk to take care of this?
Seriously, where the f*** is Wallace?!
Sam Hurd Mistake #4
Hurd was looking for Mexican cell phones, because he believed authorities didn’t have the ability to track them.
Burners. Come on man. Burners!
Cross the 5, swap fives and zeros. This is easy. Little kids even knew how to do it.
Burners can’t be tapped nor traced. Toss them when you are done. Send a dude in a rental car a few counties away every few weeks to get new ones.
Mexican cell phones? Really? By far the most convincing evidence that Sam Hurd never watched The Wire.
Sam Hurd Mistake #5
This wasn’t a small operation. Hurd only dealt with “high level” deals; a co-conspirator handled more day-to-day stuff. Hurd allegedly had business as far away as California and had a fleet of vehicles.
So Hurd was like the Stringer Bell of the operation. Still, this begs the question of why he was directly handling questions about amounts and money.
All Hurd really needed to do was continue playing football, answer calls on his burner, and own a funeral shop as a front for all the drug money.
If there is a lesson to be learned here, it’s not necessarily that dealing drugs is bad and will get you in trouble. Of course, that is true, and never would I advocate such a thing. I’m just saying that if you are going to do it, be smart and learn from the professionals like Stringer Bell, Avon Barksdale, and Walter White.
Just watch out when Omar’s coming.