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Hurd’s cousin to plead guilty in drug case

In this August 2011 photo, Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd watches teammates practice. A cousin of Hurd has agreed to plead guilty in a federal drug conspiracy case involving the former NFL receiver. /AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

DALLAS — A cousin of Sam Hurd has agreed to plead guilty in a federal drug conspiracy case involving the former NFL receiver.

Jesse Tyrone Chavful signed a plea agreement Monday on one count of conspiracy to possess 5 or more kilograms of cocaine with intent to distribute.

According to the agreement, Hurd asked Chavful last year to find him 10 kilograms of cocaine. Chavful allegedly tried to arrange a deal with people who turned out to be federal informants.

Hurd is accused of establishing a drug ring while playing for the Chicago Bears. He was arrested in December after an alleged meeting to set up a drug buy.

Chavful’s attorney, Laura Harper, says Chavful takes “complete responsibility” for his involvement in the case.

Hurd’s attorney has dismissed Chavful’s testimony as false.

— Associated Press