Malone was arrested on Aug. 9 and indicted by a grand jury on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute large quantities of heroin and cocaine as well as carrying a firearm during a drug-trafficking offense. Malone has pleaded not guilty to all charges and faces a mandatory prison sentence of at least 15 years.
Prosecutors say he will face additional charges in the near future.
Malone’s argument for pretrial release hinged on 12 letters from friends and family highlighting the “community support” and respect he engendered while building D.C. Assault into one of the nation’s most prominent youth basketball programs. It included letters from Dalonte Hill, an assistant coach for the Maryland men’s basketball team, and former Duke basketball star Nolan Smith, Malone’s stepson.
Huvelle expressed doubts in court last month about whether Malone could be adequately supervised by pretrial services if released to his family. Malone’s attorney, Billy Martin, said his client would be willing to pay for a private security service that would provide 24-hour surveillance.
But in a 23-page opposition motion filed Monday in U.S. District Court, the U.S. attorney’s office equated such an arrangement to a “private jail” and wrote, “Malone’s drug dealing activities have been extensive and long-standing, contrary to the picture of him as portrayed in letters from his friends and his family.”
The motion laid out new details about the case, describing testimony from another DEA investigation that suggests Malone was part of a network of drug traffickers along the East Coast who received “hundreds and hundreds of kilograms” of narcotics on a monthly basis from the same supplier since at least 2009.
In court proceedings Wednesday, assistant U.S. attorney Stephen Gripkey said Malone’s role in D.C. Assault was used as a disguise for his drug-trafficking activities. A wiretap on two of Malone’s phones revealed he used basketball apparel such as shoe brands and uniform sizes as code words for narcotics and money under aliases such as “White Boy” and “Daddy.”
During a search of Malone’s Upper Marlboro home on Aug. 9, police recovered one kilogram of cocaine, 84 grams of heroin, one .44-caliber semiautomatic handgun and paraphernalia associated with the distribution of controlled substances. They also seized one kilogram of cocaine and $20,000 in cash from co-defendant Stephen Williams after he emerged from Malone’s home that day.
But prosecutors revealed in their motion that police also seized approximately 508 grams of cocaine from co-defendant Derico Williams during a traffic stop after he met with Malone at Malone’s home on June 13.