SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (The Blaze/AP) -- Call it yet another case of a university professor behaving badly. Back in June, The Blaze brought you the story of a married New Jersey professor who was accused of running a prostitution ring. Now, a California professor is suspected of leading a motorcycle gang and methamphetamine drug ring. Authorities say that he's wanted for arrest in California.
Steve Kinzey, 43, believed to be the president of the local chapter of the Devils Diciples motorcycle club, has been the target of a 6-month narcotics and weapons trafficking investigation, sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller said. KMIR-TV reports:
Kinzey has been an associate professor of kinesiology (the study of human movement) at California State University, San Bernardino for nearly 10 years. University president Albert K. Karnig said in a statement that the campus would assist in the investigation. The Los Angeles Times has more from Karnig's 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.”
During a raid at his Highland home last week, investigators seized more than a pound of methamphetamine, rifles, handguns, body armor, leather biker vests and other biker paraphernalia and evidence of his involvement with the Devils Diciples. Investigators believed that Kinzey received large amounts of methamphetamine from a supplier and distributed the drug to a network of dealers, Miller said.
Police also found an undisclosed amount of cash at the house and said all the guns recovered were unregistered, the Los Angeles Times reported.
"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.
Gawker's Jeff Neumann seems to think that some students may have begun to notice Kinzey's odd behaviors. He writes:
...in a May posting on Rate My Professors, one student was definitely aware that something was up with Kinzey:
He's a really good guy and would give you the shirt off his back. But something serious must have happened to him because he shows up late, and rambles on about random and controversial topics. He lost his focus & passion for teaching. His behavior lately makes it seem like he wants to get fired. Sad because I really enjoyed all of his classes.
Kinzey's live-in girlfriend, 33-year-old Holly Robinson, and six others suspects were arrested on drug-related charges. They included Jeremy Disney, 30, of San Bernardino, who is suspected of supplying Kinzey with the drugs.
Robinson, who is believed to be a member of Devils Diciples, was arrested on suspicion of drug and weapon possession and participating in the drug ring. A call to the home she shares with Kinzey went unanswered.
Authorities are searching for three other suspects.