D.C. Assault founder Curtis Malone arrested on drug trafficking charges


Curtis Malone was the subject of a year-long investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency. (Larry Morris/The Washington Post)
August 12, 2013

Curtis Malone, the founder of the D.C. Assault AAU organization and a youth basketball power broker who has coached a number of future NBA players, was arrested on drug trafficking charges as part of a year-long investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to U.S. District Court documents.

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.

According to prosecutors, DEA agents made several heroin purchases from Micah Bidgell, a drug dealer allegedly affiliated with Malone, through a criminal informant over the past 12 months. As a result of that investigation, investigators were able to put a wiretap on Malone’s phone.

On Friday, investigators intercepted a telephone call between Malone and a narcotics customer identified as Stephen Williams, who arranged to meet Malone at his Upper Marlboro home. Police then observed Williams leave Malone’s house with a black bag in his hand. Following a traffic stop, law enforcement officials recovered approximately one kilogram of cocaine from the black bag, according to the documents.

A search warrant was then executed on Malone’s home. Just before 9 p.m. Friday, Malone was arrested and transported to Washington for processing by police.

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, 45, founded D.C. Assault in 1993 with Troy Weaver, currently the vice president and assistant general manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Future NBA players such as Jeff Green, Michael Beasley and Keith Bogans are among the dozens of alumni listed on the team’s Web site. But this is not Malone’s first run-in with the law.

In 1990, police found 17 grams of crack cocaine, a .38-caliber revolver and ammunition in a search of his home. Malone pleaded guilty in Prince George’s County Circuit Court and was convicted the following year on charges of possession with intent to distribute and manufacture controlled substances. He served three months in jail and was given three years of probation.

In 1993, Malone pleaded guilty to reckless driving and eluding police in a chase near his parents’ home in Landover. He received six months unsupervised probation.

In 2006, prosecutors in Prince George’s County District Court chose not to pursue a disorderly conduct charge levied against Malone. Last year, he was acquitted on charges of second-degree assault in a case involving a fight with the coach of another AAU team.

Last month, the Prince George’s County Circuit Court ruled that Malone owed $12,178.96 in tax liens. In 2008, he was also ordered by a Prince George’s County judge to pay $9,257.39 in back taxes.

Malone has previously admitted to sending money to former Kansas State forward Jamar Samuels, a former member of D.C. Assault, before the 2012 NCAA tournament. Samuels did not play in the Wildcats’ final NCAA tournament game that year as the school investigated whether Malone had provided impermissible benefits, according to NCAA rules.

Mark Giannotto covers high school sports for The Washington Post.
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