Two ordered held, third pleads guilty in Kinzey meth case

SAN BERNARDINO – A Redlands man and woman were ordered held on conspiracy charges at a hearing earlier this week in connection with a methemphetamine trafficking ring that was allegedly run by Cal State professor Steve Kinzey.

Co-defendants in the case, Chelsea Marie Johnson and Eric Cortez, appeared for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday before Judge Douglas N. Gericke in San Bernardino Superior Court, according to court records.

After listening to testimony from three witnesses, Gericke ruled that sufficient evidence existed to hold over the pair for trial, court records state.
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Hearing set in “Devil’s Professor” meth ring

SAN BERNARDINO – Details about a methamphetamine trafficking ring allegedly run by Steve Kinzey, a CSUSB professor and chapter president of Devils Diciples motorcycle club, may come to light Tuesday at a court hearing.

Judge Kenneth Barr ordered co-defendants Chelsea Marie Johnson, Eric Cortez and Wendi Lee Witherell to return Tuesday to San Bernardino Superior Court for a preliminary hearing.

At such a hearing, a judge will listen to witness testimony – usually from law enforcement officers – to determine if sufficient evidence exists to hold over the defendants for trial on the charges.
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Six Inland Empire men sentenced in counterfeit cigarettes scheme

Here’s another update from Sun Staff Writer Stacia Glenn, who cover public safety issues, about six men who were sentenced in federal court in connection with a cigarette scheme.

By Stacia Glenn on October 1, 2008 11:51 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Six Inland Empire men pleaded guilty Tuesday for trafficking contraband cigarettes into the area and cheating the state out of more than $908,000 in taxes.

Ali Salem Abdelhadi of Hesperia; Ghaleb Salem Almasad of Hesperia; Ahmad Salem Almasad of Hesperia; Samir Jamil Jaber of Corona; and Adnan Bawaneh of Victorville all pleaded guilty in Riverside Federal Court to conspiracy and trafficking contraband cigarettes. Adel Muhammed Shahin of Rancho Cucamonga pleaded guilty to conspiracy and smuggling goods into the United States.

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