Curtis Malone, the co-founder and president of the D.C. Assault AAU basketball program, has been charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, according to court documents.
Malone, who was convicted in 1991 for distributing crack cocaine, was arrested Friday after a year-long investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. According to the Washington City Paper, which first reported the story, the DEA found "a kilo of cocaine, 100 grams of suspected heroin, a handgun, and unnamed items associated with heroin sales."
The Maryland men's basketball program under Gary Williams had famously icy relations with Malone and D.C. Assault, which was sponsored by adidas before switching to Under Armour in 2011.
The Terps' fortunes with the AAU program changed under Mark Turgeon, who hired former D.C. Assault coach Dalonte Hill away from Kansas State shortly after he got the Maryland job. Turgeon and Hill have since landed several D.C. Assault players, including freshman point guard Roddy Peters, freshman center Damonte Dodd, and rising senior combo guard Melo Trimble.
InsideMDSports reported that other D.C. Assault coaches are "stunned" about Malone's arrest. No one else associated with the program has been implicated, according to IMS.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun