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Head of D.C. youth basketball program faces drug trafficking charges

Wednesday - 8/14/2013, 12:51pm  ET

WASHINGTON - The head of a prominent D.C. youth basketball program is due in federal court Wednesday, on charges of conspiring to sell heroin.

Curtis Malone, the head of DC Assault a nonprofit and youth basketball program in D.C. was the target of a yearlong investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, which led to his arrest Friday.

DEA agents searched Malone's Upper Marlboro, Md., home and found what's thought to be a kilo of cocaine, 100 grams of what authorities suspect is heroin, items linked to distribution and a handgun, according to court documents. Malone and another alleged dealer are both being charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

DC Assault has helped more than 100 young men obtain full athletic scholarships to universities around the country, according to its website. Also, several of its participants have gone on to play at the professional level, the website says.

In a statement, the organization says it is "stunned and concerned" about Malone's arrest, and that Malone will no longer be involved with the group.

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