Binghamton police chief's son in jail for heroin, other drug charges

By Haley Burton
By Anna Norris
By Jillian Marshall

June 20, 2014 Updated Jun 20, 2014 at 9:14 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A son of the police chief of Binghamton and Johnson City plead not guilty after being arrested for various drugs charges.

Joseph T. Zikuski III, 22, of Binghamton, is in Broome County Jail after Binghamton Police found heroin and prescription pills in his vehicle Thursday night.

According to court documents, Zikuski was involved in an incident near Chenango St. and Mulberry St. at approximately 5:51 p.m.

Police on the scene found seven bags of heroin, three Xanax pills and a hypodermic needle inside Zikuski's car, according to court documents.

He was arraigned Friday morning in front of City Court Judge Carol Cocchiola.

At the hearing, Zikuski's attorney argued to send him to New Horizon's rehabilitation program instead of jail, but the judge denied the request and set a $1,000 bail and a $2,500 property bond.

Binghamton's records department said the police report is now in the hands of the Broome County District Attorney.

Cortland City Court Judge Lawrence Knickerbocker will handle all further proceedings in the case.

The son of the police chief is currently on parole for assault charges from 2011, when he and another person beat up a Hancock teacher in the CVS parking lot on Court Street in Binghamton.

There have also been recent incidents, including one where Zikuski side swiped cars claiming he dropped his cell phone. The police report states a DWI investigation was done but showed no alcohol involved.

Charges:

- Driving while impaired by drugs
- Criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts
- Possession of a hypodermic instrument