Man Arrested for Illegal Possession of Weapons in Sag Harbor



A Washington man was arrested by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s office in Sag Harbor last week for illegal possession of three weapons and three handguns.

Daniel Anderson of Tacoma, Washington, was arraigned in Sag Harbor Village Court on Friday, June 27, and charged with three counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the third Degree, a felony, and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor.

The arrest, and several others that weekend, was part of an ongoing initiative known as OPERATION S.H.I.E.L.D.: Suffolk Homeland Security Interdiction and Education for Long Island Defense.

Co-ordinated by the Sheriff’s office, OPERATION S.H.I.E.L.D.  works in conjunction with the New York State Division of Homeland Security, Emergency Services Office of Counter Terrorism, the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and local police and bay constables.

“Suffolk County’s waterways are uniquely situated as a gateway to New York City, which is a known target for terrorists and drug traffickers,” Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco wrote in a statement last week.  “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.”

According to the Sheriff’s office, members of the various marine patrols checked 417 vessels on more than 1,000 miles of Suffolk County’s coastline during the last weekend of June. Thirty of the boats inspected were foreign-flagged, according to a release. Four federal law violations were cited as well as 114 other violations.

Other boaters were arrested over that weekend for illegal possession of a handgun, boating while intoxicated and a drug possession charge.