Cal State professor accused of drug trafficking must show source of bail
A Cal State San Bernardino professor who is accused of masterminding a drug trafficking ring and who, despite being a fugitive, was able to post bail to avoid arrest, will have to prove that his source of bail is not ill-gotten gains.
Stephen J. Kinzey, 43, who faces charges of conspiracy and possessing methamphetamine for sale, will have to show that the $300,000 bail posted by a bonds firm Wednesday came from a source other than the alleged criminal enterprise. The San Bernardino County district attorney's office sought the Sept. 16 hearing after discovering that a bondsman had gone to court and paid the bail.
San Bernardino County sheriff's investigators, who announced last week that they were searching for Kinzey, learned of the bail only when an arrest warrant for him was eliminated from the court system, department spokeswoman Jody Miller said. The department alleges that Kinzey, a kinesiology professor, led a local chapter of the Devils Diciples Outlaw motorcycle gang and a methamphetamine drug operation.
Kinzey appeared to live a model life. He chaired academic committees, tweeted his concerns about child obesity and lived in a well-trimmed Highland neighborhood.
"To have an associate professor who is a member of the Devils Diciples and allegedly dealing methamphetamine is quite alarming. I mean, it's unusual to say the least," Sheriff Rod Hoops said at a news conference last week in San Bernardino.
Photos: (left) Some of the items recovered in the raid of the Highland home of Cal State San Bernardino professor Stephen J. Kinzey. Credit: Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times
(right) Stephen J. Kinzey. Credit: Cal State San Bernardino