Prosecutors allege Malone appeared to be well aware he was under investigation in the months preceding his arrest.
On Feb. 21, Malone observed a law enforcement official conducting surveillance outside his home as he drove away from his garage and tried to block the officer from leaving the area. He then attempted to follow the surveillance unit, and police intercepted a telephone call in which Malone inquired about the vehicle’s license plate.
In June, DEA agents were following Malone to Baltimore for an alleged drug transaction when Malone’s driving became “erratic,” and agents broke off their surveillance after they became concerned their vehicles had been spotted. Moments later, an intercepted telephone call from Malone revealed that a separate vehicle had been dispatched to make sure Malone was not being followed by law enforcement officials.
“He’s obviously quite clever,” Huvelle said during her bond ruling Wednesday.
At one point, law enforcement intercepted a telephone call from Derico Williams to Malone asking for advice on how to answer questions about his “second job.” Malone told Williams that he tells his wife, “What you don’t know, you can’t tell.” Prosecutors believe this runs counter to Monica Malone’s claim, made in a letter to the U.S. District Court, that she was “still in shock” by her husband’s arrest and “never saw this coming.”
Prosecutors also stated in the motion that one of Malone’s alleged co-conspirators, Micah Bidgell, has been speculating about the identity of a cooperating witness in the case, “indicating, in so many words, that he will not go down without a fight.” Bidgell remains at large after fleeing the scene during a traffic stop on Aug. 9, and police consider him to be potentially armed and dangerous.
Malone was initially denied his release in August, and details from the investigation have trickled out throughout his bond appeal process. During court proceedings last month, prosecutors said a child was also present during the Aug. 9 drug transaction that ultimately led to Malone’s arrest.
“There’s a lot of people who have suffered from what he was peddling. . . . This isn’t a couple bags of weed or a blunt,” Gripkey said in court on Sept. 20.