Curtis Malone, the co-founder and president of the reputable DC Assault AAU basketball team, was arrested in connection with a DEA heroin investigation, the Washington City Paper reports.
Malone founded DC Assault in 1993. The program has produced nine McDonald’s All-Americans, including Duke’s Nolan Smith and Kentucky’s Keith Bogans. Michael Beasley and Jeff Green are other notable players to pass through the program (full alumni list here).
According to the City Paper, Malone was arrested Friday in D.C. as part of a year-long DEA investigation. Court documents say agents found a kilo of cocaine, 100 grams of suspected heroin, a handgun, and items associated with heroin sales. Malone and another alleged dealer have been charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin.
Malone lives in Maryland. Officers reportedly pulled over a customers who had visited Malone’s home, and they allegedly found a kilo of cocaine in his car.
Malone was convicted of selling crack cocaine in 1991 and served three months in jail. He is the same AAU coach who wired Jamar Samuels money last year, leading Kansas State to sit the forward for its NCAA Tournament game against Syracuse. Malone was also sued in 2011 by Beasley, who alleged the coach was paid to steer his players toward NBA agent Joel Bell.
Who would have figured that the man behind one of the most notable AAU basketball programs in the country was (allegedly) a huge drug dealer?