Herman Curtis Malone, architect of a nationally prominent D.C. area youth basketball program, was sentenced May 27 to 100 months in prison for his role in a drug enterprise that distributed substantial quantities of cocaine and heroin in the Washington, D.C. area, the U.S. Attorney's office for the District of Columbia announced.
Malone , 45, of Upper Marlboro, Md., pleaded guilty in March 2014 to conspiring with others from August 2012 to August 2013 to distribute cocaine and heroin in the D.C. area, officials said.
He was arrested Aug. 9, 2013 when, as part of a cross-border task force investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents found a loaded .40-caliber handgun in the upstairs bedroom of Malone’s home and a bag of .40-caliber ammunition in the basement of his home. Because Malone has a previous conviction, a 1991 felony for possession with intent to distribute cocaine in Prince George’s County, Md., he was not lawfully able to possess a firearm.
Also in the basement, drug enforcement agents found 998.5 grams of cocaine, 81.2 grams of heroin and cocaine residue in a sink and trash can. The former youth mentor acknowledged that, as part of the conspiracy, he was responsible for at least 5 kilograms of cocaine and at least 100 grams of heroin.
“Curtis Malone had the opportunity to be a positive role model for young people, but with today’s prison sentence, he becomes a cautionary tale,” said U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. in a statement. “The lesson is simple: peddling drugs and toting guns will put you behind bars. We hope that young people who see Malone’s fate will steer clear of the lifestyle that led to his downfall.”
As part of his sentencing, which was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Ellen S. Huvelle, Malone will be placed on five years of supervised release upon completion of his 100-month prison term. During that time-frame, he must perform 75 hours of community service each year. Malone also must pay a forfeiture money judgment of $150,000.
“The cloak that Curtis Malone wore for more than two decades has been removed and a man who was once entrusted with his community's most valuable assets, its children, will no longer live freely in the community that he was covertly destroying,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Karl Colder. The DEA “has assured that Mr. Malone will pay a dear price for dealing heroin and cocaine on the streets of the District, all the while touting himself as a mentor to children. As a father, I cannot think of anything worse in life than being entrusted the future of our youth and abusing that privileged as Mr. Malone has clearly done.”
Three of Malone’s co-conspirators have pleaded guilty to charges in the case. Clarence Redd, 35, of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty to a charge of distribution of heroin that took place in August of 2012. He was sentenced to a 90-month prison term. Derico Williams, 36, of Silver Spring, Md., and Stephen Williams, 30, of the District, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Both men are awaiting sentencing; they are not related.
Another defendant, Micah Jerry Bidgell, 47, of D.C., is a fugitive.
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