This meat cleaver was found in a package addressed to...

This meat cleaver was found in a package addressed to an inmate at the Riverhead Correctional Facility last week. Credit: Suffolk County Sheriff's Office

A meat cleaver in a package addressed to an inmate at the Riverhead Correctional Facility was intercepted by Suffolk County Sheriff's Office correction officers last week, county officials said Tuesday.

The cleaver was among several items that arrived for the inmate at the Riverhead facility via an Amazon.com package, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

"Careful inspection and processing of all mail and packages before they enter the correctional facility is critical," Sheriff Errol Toulon said in a news release. "Any dangerous item, let alone a large knife, that makes its way into the facility could be deadly for staff and inmates alike."

The cleaver was taken away and "allowable items were delivered to the inmate," the sheriff’s office said.

Sgt. Paul Spinella, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said introducing contraband into a correctional facility could result in a charge and that the sheriff's office is investigating the incident.

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