Curtis Malone arrested: DC Assault head charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin

A search of Malone's home found a kilogram of cocaine, a handgun and other drugs. Photo:

Curtis Malone, the head of the nationally recognized DC Assault basketball program and one of the most prominent AAU coaches in America, was arrested Friday on charges that he was conspiring to distribute heroin.

As first reported by the Washington City Paper, DEA agents found a kilogram of cocaine, 100 grams of what they suspect is heroin and items linked to distribution during a search of his Washington home.

Malone, who has a history of drug convictions, was the target of a year-long investigation by the DEA, charging documents say. The documents allege that since August of 2012, Malone had worked with another accused drug dealer, Micah Jerry Bidgell, to sell drugs to an undercover agent.

The documents say that after agents observed a drug exchange in Upper Marlboro on Aug. 9, they served the search warrant on Malone's home and found drugs and a handgun.

Touted as one of the most prominent youth basketball development programs in the United States, DC Assault officials say it has sent numerous athletes to college on basketball scholarships.

The program, which was co-founded in 1993 by Malone, has produced nine McDonald's All-Americans and several current NBA players, including Jeff Green, Keith Bogans and Deron Washington.

According to his biography on the program's website, Malone is a 1986 graduate of Parkdale High School in Riverdale and earned honors while playing at Potomac State College in West Virginia.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office says Malone made an initial court appearance Monday and was assigned an attorney.

This is a developing story. More to come.