WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A Prince George's County man pled guilty Wednesday to federal drug charges that tie him to a large area drug network, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.
Herman Curtis Malone, of Upper Marlboro, Md., pled to a charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin, officials say. The charge carries a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison.
Malone, 45, who helped run youth basketball programs, had been convicted of a narcotics offense during the 1990s in Prince George's County. He was arrested on the current offenses on Aug. 9, 2013.
On that date, the DEA found a loaded .40-caliber handgun in the upstairs bedroom of Malone's home in Upper Marlboro. Downstairs in the basement, agents found approximately one kilogram of cocaine and approximately 84 grams of heroin; a bag of .40-caliber ammunition; and cocaine residue in a sink and trash can, police say.
Malone, as a previously convicted felon, was not lawfully able to possess a firearm.
"More than 20 years after he was first convicted of dealing cocaine, Curtis Malone returned to a life of drug trafficking," said U.S. Attorney Machen. "He was perceived as a role model for our young people, but in truth he peddled heroin and cocaine and illegally possessed a firearm. Malone now faces a lengthy prison sentence that will send a clear message to the young men he sought to influence: joining the world of guns and drugs is a sure-fire way to ruin your future."