Curtis Malone denied bond; DC Assault founder faces major drug charges

Curtis Malone is accused of being a major player in a drug ring that spanned the East Coast. Photo:

(WJLA) - Citing allegations that he was the kingpin of a drug conspiracy that ran up and down the East Coast, a judge denied Wednesday the bond appeal of a former prominent youth basketball coach.

Curtis Malone, the former head of the nationally prominent DC Assault AAU basketball program, has already pleaded not guilty to charges of possession with intent to distribute an enormous quantity of cocaine and heroin, the Washington Post reports.

If convicted, Malone faces at least 15 years in prison.

Malone was arrested on Aug. 9 and later indicted on those charges, which include allegations that he headed up a long-running drug trafficking ring that the DEA says moved vast quantities of narcotics across the region.

Malone was the founder of DC Assault, which has long been recognized as one of the strongest youth basketball programs in the United States. It sent numerous high-profile players to college on scholarships, a few of whom went on to play in the NBA.

He's a 1986 graduate of Parkdale High School in Riverdale and played college basketball in West Virginia.