Mar 13, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT
Curtis Malone pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to distributing cocaine and heroin on Wednesday and is now facing five-to-ten years in federal prison.
Malone was arrested after a DEA investigation determined that he was a “large-scale supplier” in a drug-trafficking network that spanned the eastern seaboard. When he was arrested, a search-warrant at his home turned up a kilo of cocaine and 84 grams of heroin. Agents also seized a kilo of cocaine and $20,000 in cash from co-defendant Stephen Williams after he left Malone’s house on the day that Malone was arrested.
Malone is the co-founder of the famous D.C. Assault AAU program that produced Michael Beasley, Keith Bogans, Jeff Green, a handful of other NBA players and countless Division I basketball players. He is also Nolan Smith’s godfather. Smith was NBCSports.com’s 2011 National Player of the Year.
Malone’s name has popped up quite a bit in the past few years for college basketball fans.
He was responsible for Jamar Samuels being suspended for Kansas State’s Round of 32 NCAA tournament game against Syracuse in 2012. Malone had wired Samuels $200 too make sure that Samuels had enough money to be able to eat. Malone was also sued by Michael Beasley in 2011 in which Beasley accused Malone of steering his players to NBA agent Joel Bell in exchange for Bell’s help funding the Assault program.
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