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Family, neighbors shocked about drug trafficking arrest of DC Assault coach Curtis Malone

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Neighbors and family members of a popular AAU basketball coach are reacting with shock at his arrest on charges of distributing heroin and cocaine.

Curtis Malone was one of the co-founders of D.C. Assault, a powerhouse boy’s teen basketball program. D.C. Assault's website lists 16 alumni of the sports group as currently active professional basketball players. The program has turned out hundreds of college players, many of whom went to universities on full scholarships.

D.C. Assault was founded in 1993 by Herman Curtis Malone, known by friends and family as Curtis Malone.

On Friday, federal agents entered Malone's home in Upper Marlboro with a search warrant. According to court documents, the feds found 100 grams of heroin, a kilogram of cocaine and a .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun.

Malone grew up in the working class neighborhood of Palmer Park where neighbors are crestfallen at news of the arrest.

"I'm very shocked," said one resident who declined to give his name. "I hope it's not true ... I think Curtis is one hell of a guy. I'm very appreciative of what he's done for a lot of kids. I'm just shocked."

Curtis Malone's father, who is also named Herman Curtis Malone, granted us a brief interview.

"I'm shocked,” he said.

When asked if he had any hint that he was involved in any kind of activity, he responded, “No, none whatsoever. Because he's doing too good. He's doing too good, you know? He's got a lot of kids, he's coaching basketball, etc., and he's got a great family, so I don't understand what's going on."

According to court documents, federal agents were led to Malone through cell phone traffic from another suspected drug dealer -- and from a buyer. The documents say police observed the buyer enter Malone's house on Friday and leave with a black bag which he put in the trunk of his car. Police stopped the vehicle and say there was a kilogram of cocaine in the bag.

D.C. Assault, in a statement sent to the Baltimore Sun, expresses "disappointment" in the arrest. The team points out that none of the allegations relate to the basketball program. The team statement also says Curtis Malone "will no longer be involved with any operations."

Malone, 45, is currently being held without bond.

He faces a preliminary hearing before a federal judge magistrate on Wednesday.

LINK: Read Court Documents

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