Nine people involved in an illegal gun trafficking operation that supplied weapons in four Suffolk shootings have been arrested, authorities said.
The alleged ringleader, Yasmine White, 25 – along with her father, Timothy White Sr., 47, both of Mastic Beach, and her brother, Timothy White Jr., 22, of Bellport – were arrested as part of a “months-long” investigation by local and federal law enforcement agencies, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said at a news conference in Hauppauge.
Timothy White Jr. was also charged with second-degree murder in connection to the shooting death of James Skinner, of Queens, on June 17 in North Bellport. The gun he allegedly used to shoot Skinner was not part of the weapons seized.
Authorities seized 56 illegal guns as part of a “covert” operation, Sini said. Four of those weapons were used in separate shootings in Suffolk.
The illegal weapons, including an Uzi, came from more than a dozen states, mostly in the South, where gun laws are not as strict as New York’s. Law enforcement officials traced the illegal weapons to states as far south as Florida and as far west as Tennessee.
“The illegal sale of guns is directly related to gun crimes,” Sini said.
Taking more than four dozen illegal weapons out of circulation is “significant,” said Kenneth Crotty, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ Long Island Field Office.
The Whites and others were caught with the help of court-authorized wiretap and surveillance, said Sini, who declined to elaborate.
According to Sini, Yasmine White facilitated 45 of the 63 illegal gun sales in Suffolk, and she was present for 22 of those transactions.
The Whites and three other defendants – Jaason Hartmann, 22, of Riverhead, Montaigne Henderson, 26, East Quogue, and Hector Rodriguez, 44, of Farmingville – were charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal sale of a firearm.
The remaining three people – Trayrone Booker, 24, of Shirley, Justin Braunskill, 31, of Mastic Beach, Daquan Garrison, 27, of Bellport – are in custody but they have not yet been charged.