Father of Lions CB Chris Houston accused in Sam Hurd drug case

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Hurd's attorney suggested in court on Wednesday that Larry Houston was a primary player in a drug smuggling plot that came to light in 2011.

The father of Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston has been accused of drug smuggling by the attorney of former Chicago Bears receiver Sam Hurd during Hurd's sentencing Wednesday, according to the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett.

Hurd's attorney, Michael McCrum, presented phone records in court on Wednesday that suggested that Larry Houston was the primary partner in a drug smuggling plot.

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Hurd, who played for the Bears and Cowboys during his five-year NFL career, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for plotting to buy and distribute large quantities of cocaine and marijuana; charges that stem from a 2011 arrest. According to an informant, Hurd told an undercover agent that wanted to buy between five and 15 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana a week during a 2011 meeting in Chicago. He was arrested again in 2012 in connection with another drug deal with his cousin, Tyrone Chavful.

The details of McCrum's accusations and the phone records he presented as evidence are unclear, but they suggested that the elder Houston, not Hurd, was Chavful's partner in the drug ring.

Chris Houston spent three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons before being traded to Detroit in 2010. He has started all nine games for the Lions this season and has 36 tackles, one interception and seven pass breakups.

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