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College professor allegedly led motorcycle gang, drug ring [Updated]

September 1, 2011 | 12:12 pm

Stephen Kinzey

A Cal State San Bernardino professor who allegedly led a chapter of the Devils Diciples motorcycle gang was charged Thursday with heading up a methamphetamine drug ring that involved several other dealers. [Updated at 1 p.m.: The motorcycle gang intentionally misspells "disciples" in its name, as can be seen in the jackets above.]

Stephen Kinzey, a 43-year-old professor of kinesiology, is considered a fugitive and is being aggressively sought by authorities, Sheriff Rod Hoops said at a morning news conference at sheriff’s headquarters in San Bernardino. Nine others involved in the drug ring have been arrested since Friday, he said.

“It’s alarming to me -- I have kids in college -- to have an associate professor who is a member of Devils Diciples dealing methamphetamine,” Hoops said. Authorities are trying to determine if he was involved in any drug dealing on campus.

The six-month investigation culminated with a joint drug task force raiding Kinzey’s home Friday, recovering a pound of methamphetamine as well as a number of rifles, handguns and biker paraphernalia, he said.

Kinzey’s live-in girlfriend, Holly Robinson, 33, a 2005 Cal State San Bernardino graduate, was taken into custody during the raid and faces charges of possession and sale of methamphetamine and numerous firearms violations.

Det. Jason Rosenbaum said that Robinson was Kinzey’s business partner and helped him distribute meth to mid-level dealers in the cities of San Bernardino, Highland, Redlands and the community of Mentone. 

[Updated at 1 p.m.: Meanwhile, Cal State San Bernardino President Albert Karnig issued the following statement: “To our knowledge, this is the first notice that anyone on our campus has had regarding this situation. Our university police department and the entire campus community, as relevant, will work as closely as possible with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department to assist with the investigation to help assure that all the facts are accurate. If the allegations are indeed true, this is beyond disappointing.”

Kinzey, who has taught at Cal State San Bernardino for 10 years, has a doctorate degree from the University of Toledo, a masters from Indiana State University and a bachelors degree from Wayne State University in Michigan.]


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-- Phil Willon 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. Kenzey. Credit: Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times

(right) Stephen J. Kenzey. Credit: Cal State San Bernardino