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Operation S.H.I.E.L.D. Nets Weapons Arrest

Categories: | Author: sheriff sheriff | Posted: 7/8/2014 | Views: 4393

Suffolk County’s marine patrol units conducted a massive security sweep along more than 1000 miles of Suffolk’s coastline over the weekend, including 49 bodies of water in Suffolk’s ten townships and twenty villages. The ongoing initiative, known as OPERATION S.H.I.E.L.D. (Suffolk Homeland Security Interdiction and Education for Long Island Defense), is coordinated by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, and operates in conjunction with the N.Y.S. Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Counter Terrorism, the United States Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, local police and bay constables, and members of the East End Marine Task Force. 

OPERATION S.H.I.E.L.D. conducts random operations throughout the year for the purpose of identifying and disrupting the ability of terrorists, traffickers and immigration law violators to enter the United States, and to educate boaters to be vigilant and report suspicious activity.  Intelligence gathered during each operation is shared among the participating agencies. The program, which is supported by a grant from the State’s Division of Homeland Security, is considered a model of inter-agency coordination among its various law enforcement partners.

According to Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco, “Suffolk County’s waterways are uniquely situated as a gateway to New York City, which is a known target for terrorists and drug traffickers. OPERATION S.H.I.E.L.D. has a deterrent effect on these individuals and groups, but it also helps prepare us in the event there is a marine catastrophe that requires a coordinated response.” 

During the security sweep, members of the marine patrols checked 417 vessels, including 30 foreign flagged vessels.  They cited 4 federal law violations and 114 other law violations, including registration and equipment violations.  Hazmat officers detected 3 radiation sources, which were mitigated as safe sources.

Several arrests were made during the operation:

  • The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office arrested an individual for illegal possession of a handgun.
  • The Sheriff’s Office arrested another individual, Daniel Anderson of Tacoma, Washington for illegally possessing three weapons and three handguns.  He was charged with three felony counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree and three counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree. He was arraigned in Sag Harbor Village Justice Court. (Photo attached).
  • Shelter Island Bay Constables arrested an individual for Boating While Intoxicated (BWI).
  • Coast Guard Station Montauk turned over an individual to the Southold Town Police Department for a drug possession charge
Pictured above are weapons seized during this weekend’s OPERATION S.H.I.E.L.D. marine patrols.

Pictured above are weapons seized during this weekend’s OPERATION S.H.I.E.L.D. marine patrols.


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