Entries in Dallas (18)

Tuesday
Jan032012

North Texas Serial Bank Robber Identified

The manhunt for suspected serial bank robber Steven Milam now stretches from North Texas to Tyler.

His most recent robbery was Saturday morning at a BBVA Compass Bank branch in Richardson.

Milam is also accused of hitting banks in Dallas, Irving and Plano while wearing whats known as a Handsome Guy mask.

Authorities say Milam, 44, is actually a casket salesman from Tyler, who was featured in a 2009 TV report.

Richardson police said Milam robbed the BBVA Compass Bank at Campbell and Plano Roads Saturday morning, then opened fire on the first officer to respond.

No one was hurt, but their were three bullet holes left in the squad car. The FBI says Milam may be responsible for more than half a dozen holdups in North Texas.

Carla Bridges lives next door to Milam in Tyler and was surprised to learn about his alleged double life.

Bridges told WFAA in Dallas, Shoot! I didnt know all that, she said. Theyve always been nice. Theyd speak to us when wed speak to them, and all that.

A handful of patrol cars have been staking out the suspects home, but Bridges said she hasnt seen him since Christmas.

This isnt Milams first rodeo. He went to prison in 2005 for bank robberies. When caught this time, he will face a more serious charge of attempted capital murder for shooting at police and if convicted will spend  the rest of his life in prision. 

Police and the FBI are asking for the publics help in finding Steven Milam before he strikes again. Milam is now wanted for attempted capital murder and multiple counts of bank robbery. Milam is armed and extremely dangerous. Call Richardson police at 972-744-4801 or your local police agency if you have any information about the suspect.

Tuesday
Jan032012

15 Years of Cowboys Failure Courtesy of Jerry Jones

The Rams and Tampa Bay fire their coaches.

The Colts fire general manager Bill Polian.

And the Cowboys would be so much better if they would fire theirs.

Fifteen years now with a single playoff win. Thirty-two teams in the NFL, and the Cowboys are one of only seven that hasnt won at least two playoff games in the last 15 years.

The Cowboys are in a group now with Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Houston, Kansas City and Buffalo (and what a fine group of football teams that is).

Dale Hansen hits this one out of the park.  Heres everything you need to know about Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys in 2 minutes. Must see TV from WFAA Channel 8 in Dallas

 

Saturday
Dec172011

Sam Hurd, Graduate of the Nate Newton School of Stupid Drug Dealers

After reviewing the criminal complaint filed against failed drug dealer (and failed Dallas Cowboys wide receiver) Sam Hurd, Im convinced hes a graduate of the Nate Newton School of Stupid Drug Dealers.

Former Dallas Cowboys player Nate Newton created an extensive marijuana distribution ring that he claimed earned him $75,000 a transaction. He was caught twice smuggling weed from Texas to Georgia and spent 2 ½ years in prison.

Newton gave this infamous quote in 2005: Ive always been competitive. Ive always been in sports. I couldnt see myself not being the biggest dope man.

According to the complaint filed by Dallas Division HSI Special Agent George Ramirez, Hurd told an informant he was looking to buy between $125,000-250,000 worth of cocaine and another $450,000 of marijuana every week.

But last summer he went to the cops to recover his seized $88,000? Hurds associate T.L. was pulled over in Texas with a canvas bag, covered in a green leafy plantfield tested positive for the properties of marijuana containing $88,000. So Hurd went and claimed the money which had been seized by the police but what about the weed? The cash was his, but the weed wasnt? 

Then, when Hurd met with the undercover agent and informant in Chicago, he told them the money that was seized couldnt be traced to him. Even though he claimed the seizure himself.

Hurd told an undercover Dallas HSI agent that he already was distributing four kilograms of cocaine weekly but that his supplier couldn’t keep up with the demand from his customers, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint makes multiple references to Hurds personal cell phone.  And given that he was rolling in cars registered in his name and picking up kilos himself, it looks like Hurd failed to spend an extra $40 per month for a burner cell. I guess he already had unlimited minutes on his personal cell, so why waste the $40 bucks? Exceptwell, the next question.

 

The complaint states Hurd wanted to acquire Mexican cell phones, because the law couldnt eavesdrop on those calls. No wonder he couldnt run his routes when playing wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. Hurd is a native of San Antonio.  But apparently, he spent his time hanging out with the jocks not the drug smugglers.

 

Hurd told the undercover HSI agent that a (co-conspirator) is in charge of doing the majority of the deals while he focused on higher-end deals, according to the complaint. He agreed to pay $25,000 for each kilogram of cocaine and $450 a pound for the marijuana, according to the charges, and then said he could pay for a kilo of cocaine about 2.2 pounds after he gets out of practice. He walked out of the restaurant with the package and was arrested.

 

By the way, in 2010, Hurd was named the Cowboys Ed Block Courage award winner. The award is voted on by teammates and given to role models of inspiration, sportsmanship and courage.  When I was on the job at HSI (formerly Customs Investigations) it was often said that we only caught the dumb asses.  See Sam Hurd for details. 

And heres a hint for all you wannabe NFL drug dealers.  Your time would be much better spent watching re-runs of The Wire on DirecTv Audience 101 than Weeds on HBO. 

Friday
Dec162011

Dallas HSI Sacks NFL Player Sam Hurd

No doubt youve heard by now that former Dallas Cowboy Sam Hurds in federal custody, having been popped by authorities in Chicago Wednesday night for trying to buy five to 10 kilograms of cocaine, at $25,000 per kilogram, and 1,000 pounds of marijuana, at $450 per pound, per week for distribution in the Chicago area, per the U.S. Attorneys Office release just dispatched to media.

But you may not know that the case of the current Chicago Bears wide receiver has been filed in Dallas federal court, where it will be adjudicated following his appearance in Chicago court this afternoon. The reason: Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) became interested in Hurd started in Dallas over the summer.

George Ramirez, a Special Agent in the HSI SAC Dallas Division , received information from a reliable confidential informant (CI) on July 27, 2011, that a subject named T.L. was attempting to purchase four kilograms of cocaine on behalf of Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Sam Hurd.

Here are the details from the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), arrested Samuel George Hurd, III, 26, of Lake Forest, Illinois, last night on a criminal complaint, filed in the Northern District of Texas, charging conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

According to the complaint filed, the investigation began in July 2011 when ICE HSI in Dallas was advised by a confidential informant (CI) that an individual, known as “T.L.,” was attempting to arrange the purchase of approximately four kilograms of cocaine for an unknown buyer, who was later identified as Hurd. So, at the direction of ICE HSI agents, the CI coordinated a meeting with T.L. to purchase the cocaine. A coordinated traffic stop was arranged and a subsequent search of T.L.’s vehicle revealed a canvas bag that contained $88,000 in cash and tested positive for the properties of marijuana.

T.L. abandoned all interest in the currency and stated that the money belonged to Hurd, whom he had known for a considerable time. T.L. stated that he conducts maintenance on Hurd’s vehicles and that Hurd routinely left large amounts of currency in his vehicles. Subsequently, Hurd advised ICE HSI that he was the owner of the $88,000 seized from T.L. Hurd advised ICE HSI that he had made a withdrawal and wire transfer of funds on July 25, 2011 and that he had personally packed and placed the $88,000, along with assorted items, into his vehicle before turning it over to T.L. for maintenance and detailing. The bank statement that Hurd provided to ICE HSI did not accurately reflect the transactions and amounts claimed by Hurd.

In August 2011, T.L. negotiated with the CI to purchase cocaine on behalf of Hurd. In September 2011, T.L. phoned the CI and advised that his associates from Chicago were in Dallas and were interested in purchasing five kilograms of cocaine. T.L. stated that the buyer (Hurd) wanted to meet with the CI, but T.L. later advised that Hurd was unavailable because of his NFL obligations, but that Hurd’s cousins were available to complete the transaction. T.L. agreed to email the CI a photo of the money; however, that photo was never received.

In phone conversations earlier this month, Hurd advised the CI that he was interested in purchasing five kilograms of cocaine and indicated that he was interested in setting up continued business with the CI and his associates. The CI advised Hurd that he/she would be in the Chicago area soon, after which Hurd said that the would be interested in meeting to negotiate prices, discuss quantities and establish a long-term business relationship.

The complaint further states that yesterday evening, Hurd met with an ICE HSI undercover agent at a restaurant in Chicago. Hurd introduced himself as the “Sam” that had been communicating with the CI. Hurd stated that he was interested in purchasing five to 10 kilograms of cocaine, at $25,000 per kilogram, and 1,000 pounds of marijuana at $450 per pound, per week for distribution in the Chicago area. Hurd said that he and another co-conspirator currently distribute approximately four kilograms of cocaine per week in Chicago, but that his supplier couldn’t supply him with enough quantity. Hurd went on to say that his co-conspirator is in charge of doing the majority of the deals while he focuses on the “higher-end” deals. Hurd also stated that some money had been seized from him in Dallas, but that seizure couldn’t be associated with him. After they finished negotiating, the undercover agent presented Hurd with a kilogram of cocaine, that Hurd accepted. Hurd stated that he plays for the Chicago Bears and that he gets out of practice at approximately 5:30 p.m., after which he would make arrangements to pay for the kilogram of cocaine. Hurd left the restaurant with the bag of cocaine and was arrested shortly thereafter in the parking lot of the restaurant.

A federal criminal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offenses charged, and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge. Hurd is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. But believe me, you dont want to be him. 

An attorney for former Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd today denied reports that Hurd dealt drugs to other NFL personnel.

“Sam has asked me to address one point and I am going to address that with you,” Hurd’s attorney, Brett Greenfield, told reporters today after a court hearing. “With respect to the rumors that Sam has been supplying drugs to other members of the NFL - out of respect to the NFL, out of respect to his teammates, and out of respect to other players – he 100 percent denies that allegation.   It is patently and totally false.”

Hurd was cut (waived) from the Chicago Bears today, and he wont be earning anymore of his multi-million dollar NFL contract.  Hurd was signed to a three-year deal with the Bears for a reported $5.15 million, including a $1.35 million signing bonus and base pay this season of $685,000, the AP reported.

The Bears announced their contract agreement with Hurd on July 29, one day after federal authorities say he had agreed to a consensual interview with Homeland Security investigators over $88,000 in cash that had been seized in a car he owned in the Dallas area. The money was inside a canvas bag that authorities said was covered in a plant-like material that tested positive for properties of marijuana.

Hurd was released today on $100,000 bond after making his initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Chicago.

The maximum statutory penalty, however, for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine is 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine. The U.S. Attorney’s office in the Northern District of Texas has 30 days to present the matter to a grand jury.

Hurd joins former Dallas Cowboys player Nate Newton, who was arrested not once, but twice for distributing marijuana, smuggled from Mexico to Texas to Atlanta, Georgia.  Newton was convicted in federal court and sentenced to prison.  After serving his sentence in Georgia, Newton returned to the Dallas area.  He now works for ESPN radio in Dallas, appearing on a daily afternoon sports talk show on FM 103.3

Thursday
Dec082011

Man Falls into Fountain at MLB Winter Meetings in Dallas

MLB Network cameras were rolling at the Winter Meetings in Dallas when a man strolled by pondering the possibility of the Rangers signing free agent Prince Fielder. Splish Splash, he falls on his ass  Click here to Watch MLB Video and Listen to Commentary