Stephen Kinzey, 43, of Highland, was present and out of custody Tuesday for a pre-preliminary hearing. But the preliminary hearing, scheduled for Thursday, was moved to next year because lawyers said there is still more evidence to go through.
"The district attorney just gave us a bunch of new information that we didn't have," said James Glick, Kinzey's attorney, after the hearing on Tuesday.
That new discovery includes information from seized computers, an interview with one of the men convicted in the case and photos, Deputy District Attorney David Tulcan.
Holly Vandergrift Robinson, Hans Robert Preszler and Jeremy Disney, accused operatives in this case, were also present and out of custody Tuesday inside the San Bernardino Superior Court. The four defendants are expected to be back in court March 7.
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 trial on the charges, is scheduled for March 11.
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 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 to other defendants who split it 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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