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A preliminary hearing scheduled next week for a CSUSB kinesiology professor accused of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine has been moved to December.Stephen Kinzey, 43, of Highland, was present and out of custody Friday morning inside the San Bernardino Superior Courthouse when the hearing date was moved. Lawyerssaid the dates were changed because there is more evidence to go through.

Holly Vandergrift Robinson, Hans Robert Preszler and Jeremy Disney, accused operatives in this case, were present and out of custody during the pre-preliminary hearing Friday as well. The four defendants are expected to be back in court Dec. 20 for the preliminary hearing, where the court will hear testimony and review evidence to determine if sufficient probable cause exists to hold over the defendant for trialon the charges.

Prosecutors allege Disney supplied methamphetamine to Kinzey, whose drug ring sold it in San Bernardino, Highland, Redlands and Mentone. Eleven defendants were charged in the case – seven of which have pleaded guilty to a variety of charges.

Authorities began investigating the group in 2011 during a federal undercover operation involving outlaw biker clubs in the county.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s detectives allege Kinzey purchased large amounts of meth from Disney and then distributed ounce quantities to other defendants who split it up into smaller amounts for mid-level and street-level dealers.

During an August 2011 raid at Kinzey’s East Highlands Ranch officials intercepted a pound of meth that was being delivered.

Prosecutors charged Kinzey, who is on paid leave from the university, with possession of a controlled substance for sale, receiving known stolen property, participating in a criminal street gang, conspiracy, and possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm, according to court records.


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