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NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO  |  There were mixed reactions from people on the decision to halt Saturday mail delivery.

NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | The Riverhead Post Office.

A box of weed shipped from California was intercepted at the Riverhead Post Office last week, postal service officials confirmed Wednesday.

The package was pulled out of the mail at the post office on West Main Street in the early afternoon last Wednesday after the parcel ”exhibited characteristics that lead us to believe that package was suspicious,” said Donna Harris, a spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the postal service’s law enforcement and security arm.

Ms. Harris said it was “pretty evident” the package contained illegal substances and a subsequent investigation revealed marijuana had been packed inside the parcel. She did not say how much drugs were discovered in the package.

A source in the postal service said the package had been mailed from California into New York. The parcel’s intended destination was not released by postal officials.

Ms. Harris said the incident is still under investigation, though no arrests have been made in the case.

Mailing marijuana through the mail is a crime and may be federally prosecuted depending on the amount shipped, Ms. Harris said.

“If they put anything in the mail stream that’s illegal and it’s discovered we will take every step we can to make sure we get it out of the mail stream and if necessary prosecute and bring to justice those who [broke the law],” she said.


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12/21/2010 8:57 PM

BARBARELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Bobby Goodale holds a bank envelope like the one he inadvertently mailed $900 in last week at the Post Office on West Main Street. The money was returned.

Just two weeks before Christmas, Bobby Goodale had an “It’s a Wonderful Life” moment involving a large sum of cash.

And just as in that classic holiday film, there’s a happy ending.

In the film, the Uncle Billy character misplaces $8,000 in cash while chatting in a bank. Truth to tell, Old Man Potter, the bank president, finds it and keeps it.

In this case, Mr. Goodale, the chairman of the Board of Directors at Peconic Bay Medical Center, misplaced a bank envelope containing nine $100 bills at the Riverhead post office. And on Wednesday, a postal employee delivered the envelope, complete with all nine bills, to Mr. Goodale’s Flanders home.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Mr. Goodale said. “Now I owe something to the post office.”

After going to the bank to cash a $900 check, Mr. Goodale had headed to the post office to mail several hundred party invitations and 10 or so bill payments. He put the cash, still in an open envelope, and the bill payments on his front seat. When he reached the post office, he picked up two boxes holding the invitations and the other envelopes and, as he discovered later, the cash.

All of it went into the mail.

About an hour later he realized what had happened and went back to the post office, only to be told that all the mail had already been shipped up-island. A clerk took his name and number, but made no promises.

“It was in an open envelope with no name on it,” Mr. Goodale said. “It could have ended up anywhere or someone could have walked off with it. I thought I had lost the whole thing.”

But the next day the post office called to say they’d found the money, and he had it back in his hands the day after that.
“What a nice Christmas present,” Mr. Goodale said. “It is a wonderful life.”