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CAPE VINCENT, N.Y. – A New York state prison inmate was reportedly found to have stashed a makeshift weapon up his nose, but fortunately for the corrections officer involved, no cavity search was required.

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The New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, the union representing correctional officers, issued a prepared statement Monday confirming that an officer noticed an item stuffed inside the unidentified inmate’s nostril while searching for contraband on Jan. 29, WWNY reported.

Further investigation revealed the item to be a piece of ceramic sharpened on one end and melted into a plastic cap, the Watertown Daily Times reported.

The inmate, serving an 18-year sentence for second-degree attempted murder, voluntarily removed the weapon and turned it over to the officer, WWNY reported.