Report: AAU broker Curtis Malone indicted for drug trafficking charges

On Wednesday the architect of an AAU powerhouse that's put dozens of players into the NBA was indicted by a grand jury on drug trafficking charges, according to The Washington Post.

Last Friday, Curtis Malone, 45, was arrested by the DEA following a year-long investigation by federal authorities into the dispersal of heroin and cocaine. Wednesday's indictment alleges Malone worked in concert with two other men for "at least three years" to distribute the drugs. Malone faces a prison sentence of five to 40 years, in convicted. Fines involved could range from $5 million to $25 million, according to The Post.

Malone pleaded not guilty and a judge has denied him bail. His next hearing in this case is set for Aug. 21.

(Malone) conspired to distribute large amounts of cocaine and heroin with two others for at least three years using aliases such as “White Boy” and “Daddy.”
“Our first interest is trying to get Mr. Malone released so he can be back with his family,” (Malone's attorney Robert) Bonsib said in a telephone interview. “The test is whether if released he would represent a risk of flight or a danger of being involved in ongoing criminal activity and I think the answer to both of those is, ‘No.’ Obviously we could not convince the judge of that today.”
Wednesday’s grand jury indictment alleges Malone was involved in a drug trafficking scheme since at least August 2010. He has been charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and 500 grams or more of cocaine.

Malone's arrest in Upper Marlboro, Md., Friday came with the apprehension of a kilogram of cocaine and 100 grams of heroin in his home, according to authorities. Also seized: a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun and information related to the case/possible drug dealing.

Malone, who was arrested in 1991 for distributing crack cocaine, formed DC Assault in 1993. Its alumni include Nolan Smith, Michael Beasley, Keith Bogans, Jeff Green and James White. DC Assault has since told media it would no longer associate itself with Malone going forward. In addition, it stated Malone had lessened in influence and involvement with the program over the past few years.

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