The head of a major Amateur Athletic Union basketball program in Washington was arrested last week on drug trafficking charges after a yearlong investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Curtis Malone is the founder of the D.C. Assault AAU organization and a youth basketball power broker who has coached a number of future NBA players. According to its website, D.C. Assault counts among its alumni NBA players Jeff Green, Keith Bogans and Nolan Smith — nine McDonald’s All-Americans in all.
Law enforcement officials who searched Malone’s home in Upper Marlboro on Friday recovered approximately one kilogram of cocaine and 100 grams of heroin, one .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun as well as assorted paraphernalia associated with the distribution of controlled substances. Malone was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin along with another suspected dealer, Micah Jerry Bidgell.
In a statement, D.C. Assault said none of its other members were involved in the allegations against Malone and that it will cooperate with authorities. The organization, which said it was “stunned and deeply concerned,” added in the statement that Malone will no longer be involved with any of its operations.
Malone was convicted of possession with intent to distribute and manufacture controlled substances in 1990 and served a short sentence. Along with several other legal problems since, Malone also ran afoul of NCAA rules for sending money to a former Assault player, Kansas State’s Jamar Samuels before the 2012 NCAA tournament.
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