ITHACA, N.Y. — A Tompkins County man is back in jail after he was found with MDMA and marijuana in a vehicle in Downstate New York.

Court records state that Zavierus “Biggum” King, 21,was found with 10 pills of MDMA and marijuana on Oct. 14 in the town of Goshen in Orange County. He’s charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

He’s currently being held in jail on $10,000 cash bail and $50,000 bond.

In late September, Assistant District Attorney Eliza Filipowski asked that King be held without bail following reports that he’d violated the terms of his bond release, stemming from a Lansing drug arrest in March .

Filipowski listed two incidents regarding King’s behavior and why his previous bond should have been revoked.

The first was a street fight where he is accused of hitting somebody in the face. The second was an incident Sept. 10 in West Village where there were reports that King had threatened a person with a gun. A gun was also found in a vehicle he was reported to have been driving that evening.

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Filipowski said multiple people link King to those crimes, but she said people are fearful of reporting these incidents to police because King is known to carry a gun. He has not been charged in relation to either incident.

King has previously been implicated in a 2013 shooting of a man and a July 2014 stabbing in West Village.

Filipowski also said that there was an error involving his bond.

King’s attorney Heidi Paulino, however, argued that her client needed drug treatment and was willing to submit to drug tests, day reporting and curfew while his Lansing drug case continued through the court system.

On Oct. 7 in court, Judge Joseph Cassidy agreed to those terms after a “glowing review” from the probation department.

King was rearrested on Oct. 14.

Filipowski has asked the court to ensure that any future bail or bond be reviewed by the court to ensure it comes from legal means.

Jolene Almendarez

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