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Illegal Biking Leads To Binghamton Drug Arrest

Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Police say a Binghamton man faces drug-related charges after officers saw him riding a bicycle on a sidewalk on the West Side. That’s against the law.

Authorities say 37-year-old Rashiem Tompkins fled when police tried to stop him for violating the city ordinance prohibiting the use of a bike on a sidewalk.

Investigators say Tompkins was observed riding on the sidewalk near Main and Murray streets.

Police say a witness noticed Tompkins throwing something onto the roof of a Family Dollar store at 56 Main Street.

Officers checked out the roof and found 101 bags of suspected heroin.

Police also confiscated more than $400 in cash from Tompkins.

In addition to riding a bicycle on a sidewalk, Tompkins was charged with possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. He also faces a count of evidence tampering.

Tompkins was arraigned in Binghamton City Court and sent to Broome County Jail.

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