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Jun 28, 2018 11:48 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Quogue Man Arrested In Connection With Gun Trafficking Operation In Suffolk County

Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini, the Suffolk County Police Department, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Riverhead Police Department and the Southampton Town Police Department announced the arrests this week. Photo Courtesy of District Attorney’s Office
Jul 3, 2018 11:43 AM

An East Quogue man was among nine people arrested in Suffolk County in connection with an alleged illegal gun trafficking operation, District Attorney Timothy D. Sini said during a press conference last week in Hauppauge.

Montaigne Henderson, 25, of East Quogue was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a firearm, a Class D felony, and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a Class C felony. Mr. Henderson was arraigned on Tuesday, June 26, in Riverhead Town Justice Court and bail was set at $75,000 cash or $200,000 bond.

According to police, the nine defendants are believed to have been involved in 63 illegal gun sales. Police also stated that 56 weapons were recovered in the investigation.

The arrests followed an investigation by the Suffolk County Police Department, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, the Riverhead Police Department and the Southampton Town Police Department.

Police accused Yasmine White, 25, of Mastic Beach as being in charge of the illegal firearms operation for more than a year, with her father, Timothy White Sr., 46, of Mastic Beach, and her brother, Timothy White Jr., 22, of Bellport, and other associates.

Ms. White was charged with first- and third-degree criminal sale of a firearm and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and, if convicted, faces a maximum sentence of five to 25 years in prison.

Mr. White Sr. was involved in at least four illegal gun sales, and was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a firearm and third-degree criminal possession of a firearm. His son, Mr. White Jr., was involved in at least 11 illegal gun sales, and was charged with second- and third-degree criminal sale of a firearm and second-degree criminal possession of a firearm, according to authorities.

As a result of the investigation, Mr. White Jr. was also charged with second-degree murder. He is accused of shooting and killing James Skinner, 50, of Queens, on June 17 in North Bellport.

Also arrested in connection with the operation were Jaason Hartmann, 21, of Riverhead; Hector Rodriguez, 44, of Farmingville; Trayrone Booker, 24, of Shirley; Justin Braunskill, 31, of Mastic Beach; and Daquan Garrison, 27, of Bellport.

According to police, nine of the weapons recovered in the investigation had their serial numbers removed, making them untraceable, six of the guns had been reported stolen, and four of the weapons had been used in shootings that occurred in Suffolk County.

“This was an extraordinary investigation that took a lot of care, strategy and patience, and as a result we have removed a number of firearms from the streets of Suffolk County and also taken out a large gun trafficking operation,” Mr. Sini said in a statement on Wednesday, June 27. “That gun trafficking operation is directly linked to gun crime on the streets of Suffolk County.”

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