.

T&T Tactical Owner and Son Arrested in Undercover Investigation

Nine people arrested in total following an undercover investigation into the sale of assault weapons at gun shops throughout Nassau County.

The owner of a New Hyde Park business and his son were among nine people arrested following an undercover investigation into the sale of assault weapons at gun shops throughout the county, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced Thursday.

Bellmore residents Martin Tretola, 55, owner of T&T Gunnery in Seaford and in New Hyde Park and his son Thomas Tretola, 24, who is also one of his father's employees, were both arrested as a result of the investigation.

Three other employees of Tretola's shops were also arrested.

During the 10-month probe, four Nassau County gun shops illegally sold assault weapons to undercover DA investigators and members of the New York State Police, Rice said. As a result of the investigation, Rice’s office has arrested and charged four store owners and five of their employees.

Under New York State law, only police officers, peace officers, and duly authorized members of the military are legally permitted to possess assault weapons.

One category of an assault weapon is defined as a semi-automatic rifle with the ability to accept a magazine carrying more than five rounds of ammunition and that must also have at least two additional characteristics. These additional characteristics can include a folding or telescoping stock, a protruding pistol grip, a bayonette mount, a flash suppressor or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor, or a grenade launcher.

Rice said that shop owners were breaking the law by temporarily modifying the weapons to appear as though they lacked the required characteristics of an assault weapon. However, the temporary modification was easily reversible, thereby making them full-fledged assault weapons. For example, a pin was placed in the stock of a weapon in an attempt to prevent its collapse. However, the pins were designed to be easily removable making the stock collapsible.

Rice said Martin Tretola went so far as to demonstrate to undercover officers how to remove the temporary pin from the fixed stock making it collapsible. Both T&T Gunnery and Hunter Sports were on notice that civilians who purchased these weapons from their stores had been arrested and charged with illegal possession of an assault weapon in both Nassau and Suffolk counties, but they continued to sell these weapons.

“The nine men arrested today were openly breaking the law, making a practice of putting profits before the safety of our citizens, and flooding our streets with dangerous assault weapons,” Rice said. “Make no mistake, these are combat-specific weapons and not intended for hunting. They have no place on our streets or in the hands of civilians.”

Martin Tretola, the owner of two gun shops in Nassau County, is charged with Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Second Degree, Unlawfully Disposing of an Assault Weapon, and a misdemeanor violation of the Firearms Licensing Provisions. T&T Tactical was charged with Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the First and Second Degrees. He faces up to 15 years in prison.

Martin Tretola's Seaford business, T&T Gunnery, has been charged with Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the First and Second Degrees. His New Hyde Park business, T&T Tactical, along with the following defendants and businesses are charged with Unlawfully Disposing of an Assault Weapon and a misdemeanor violation of the Firearms Licensing Provision. Each individual defendant faces up to seven years in prison and each business faces up to a $10,000 fine per felony or double the company’s gain from the criminal conduct.

  • Mark Wroobel, 40, of Smithtown. Wroobel and his business, Hunter Sports in Massapequa, are both charged with two counts of Manufacture, Transport, Disposition, Defacement of Weapons and Dangerous Instruments and Appliances and two misdemeanor violations of Firearms Licensing provisions.
  • Andrew Chernoff, 50, of Malverne. Chernoff and his business, Coliseum Gun Traders, LTD in Uniondale, are both charged with Manufacture, Transport, Disposition, Defacement of Weapons and Dangerous Instruments and Appliances and a misdemeanor violation of Firearms Licensing provisions.
  • Carmine Rotondo, 68, of Garden City. Rotondo, an employee of Coliseum Gun Traders, LTD, is charged with Manufacture, Transport, Disposition, Defacement of Weapons and Dangerous Instruments and Appliances and a misdemeanor violation of Firearms Licensing provisions.
  • Michael Marinello, 41, of East Meadow. Marinello and his business, South Shore Sportsman in Merrick, are both charged with two counts of Manufacture, Transport, Disposition, Defacement of Weapons and Dangerous Instruments and Appliances and two misdemeanor violations of Firearms Licensing provisions.

Four of Martin Tretola’s employees were also charged as follows:

  • Thomas Tretola, 24, of Bellmore. Thomas Tretola, an employee of T&T Gunnery in Seaford and Martin Tretola’s son, is charged with two counts of Manufacture, Transport, Disposition, Defacement of Weapons and Dangerous Instruments and Appliances and a misdemeanor violation of Firearms Licensing provisions. T&T Gunnery is also charged and is owned by Martin Tretola.
  • Stuart Sansevino, 59, of North Babylon. Sansevino, an employee of T&T Gunnery, is charged with three counts of Manufacture, Transport, Disposition, Defacement of Weapons and Dangerous Instruments and Appliances and 12 misdemeanor violations of Firearms Licensing provisions.
  • Hank Greenberg, 32, of Oceanside. Greenberg, an employee of T&T Gunnery, is charged with three counts of Manufacture, Transport, Disposition, Defacement of Weapons and Dangerous Instruments and Appliances and three misdemeanor violations of Firearms Licensing provisions.
  • Morgan Owens, 22, of West Islip. Owens, an employee of T&T Tactical, is charged with one count of Manufacture, Transport, Disposition, Defacement of Weapons and Dangerous Instruments and Appliances and a misdemeanor violation of Firearms Licensing provisions.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Asok Smith April 23, 2011 at 06:57 PM
Oh no, Mr. Bill! Selling rifles that have a removable pin! That definitely makes those rifles far more dangerous than if the pin wasn't removable, don't you think? Glad to see the the NY police applied so much time, money and effort to stop this incredible madness. I'm sure our communities are so much safer without those removable pins!
Joe the Pimpernel April 23, 2011 at 07:58 PM
"Did you really think we want those laws observed? We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with." --('Atlas Shrugged,' Ayn Rand, 1957
PETER NELLIGAN April 23, 2011 at 11:46 PM
WHAT A WASTE OF MY TAX $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ THEY HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY DON"T THEY GO AFTER ALL THE THUGS ON LONG ISLAND,WHAT A BUNCH OF IDIOTS.
Ron Liebman April 23, 2011 at 11:53 PM
Funny the way they went after all the main Nassau County gun stores. Glad I moved to Tennessee. New York is becoming a police state. Disgusting!!!!!!
Mitch Schwadron April 24, 2011 at 03:46 AM
Yes, but why? Does any of this have to do with Wrobel and the Shooting range, or If it is not legal in NYS to posses a rifle, bolt action or semi automatic with a magazine capacity greater than 10 rounds. And if you have in your possession a magazine with a capacity of more than 10 rounds, just the magazine with no firearm attached is a felony. But if you have a firearm it fits into, who-hah are you in trouble. Ruger sells a very popular rifle called the "10/22" with a tubular 10 round magazine, but they also sell a 5 round magazine to comply with NRA match rules for the firearm. If the firearm was sold in NYC only, only with the 5 round magazines would it then be legal to attach the folding or collapsible stock, pistol grip, flash hider, heat shield and other items that would make it appear deadly and like a weapon of war, or would the people who have thought that because a weapon looks dangerous its must be dangerous. Well, in NYS more people have been killed slipping in the bathtub, falling down stairs, driving while intoxicated, by a spouse or significant other with a sharp instrument(I don't mean a guitar) Than with all the criminal actions using firearms, or all the accidental shootings combined.
Mitch Schwadron April 24, 2011 at 03:47 AM
Most of this is moot, because you can buy a standard firearm and modify it once it's in your possession. The parts can be ordered from magazines, or on line and if your a little handy you can make almost anything. Gee, shucks, if you have a machine shop you don't even have to buy it from a gun shop,. you can build one to order. I saw a now deceased machinist build a very nice smaller copy of a M60 machine gun that fired 22LR rounds it worker really well. He used to work for Diebold, he was known as Charley the Burglar. The police never raided his machine shop, never dragged him to court, he operated for 30 years under the radar, he made a bunch of these things, but I have no clue as to what happened to them. They vanished when he did.
Jerome Galluscio April 29, 2011 at 04:05 PM
A little Fact Pattern bellow (none of this is true and is said only for demonstration purposes) So Mitch the speed limit is 55 mph on the LIE (from Montauk to the NYC line) you get to the NY City line it drops to 50. You were doing 65 in the middle lane all the way from Massapequa. No NCPD pulled you over which was good because you drank a 1/5th of Liebman's finest Shine (he makes his own too many regulations the other way) so you kept on hauling at 65 in Queens. While driving you admire the old worlds fair Globe and the New Mets Stadium and SUDDENLY Joe, you remember Joe the other guy who says very eloquently that the laws are passed to make everyone a criminal so the government can make money, doing 50 in the middle lane is in your lane. What the F#$K is he doing in you lane! After the crash, you find out that his 14 year old daughter was in the back seat, straight A student, with a voice like an angel, she had just been given a the lead role on Broadway. Thats where they were going! The lights of the Helicopter The Jaws of Life! The Father's SCREAM!!
Jerome Galluscio April 29, 2011 at 04:10 PM
Conclusion of Fact Pattern You had a Blood alcohol of 1.9 and doing 68 mph in a 50 mph zone. Many people get away with doing things for 30 years doesn't mean it was not illegal like Charlie or the Drunk or the Speeder It does not mean the law does not serve a purpose and should not be enforced. If the store owners did what they are accused of then they got what they deserved. Those guns are illegal. I don't like the law but it is the law. Don't read from the Supreme Law of the Land then break the Law and feel you are Justified it just shows a flaw in your logic. I used the drunk driver instead of the guns because people are used to DWI's but they are very much the same once the person says "the problem who gets prosecuted" To me the right to carry arms is very much an important issue. but breaking the law is not solving the problem. Remember who voted for the law and vote them out!
sam May 06, 2011 at 04:23 AM
The "assault weapon" sounds very military and high tech but bayonet mount? A bayonet mount makes this a assault weapon? bayonet is a bronze age technology.I am so happy that our leaders protect me, but who will protect me from our leaders/
Mitch Schwadron May 06, 2011 at 06:22 AM
I live in NYC, If I owned a semi-auto rifle with a 5 round magazine, that was not one of the banned rifles the NYC people can't posses or register on their Rifle and Shotgun permit. And I take that legal rifle and add a flash hider, it's now illegal, if the stock protrudes below the trigger in a pistol grip, no go either. If the magazine capacity jumps to 10 rounds, no go, If I install a heat shield, no go, a folding stock, a fake suppressor, all of these things are not federal violations, but NYC and NYS violations, some of them at the discretion of the local police department and not in the law books anywhere. In NYC a Ruger Mini 14 is a no go, but a Ruger Ranch Rifle is okay. An M-1 Carbine is not allowed, but a M1 Garand is, but an AR-15 isn't, nor is a M-14. A black powder firearm can be owned but not loaded in NYC. Some large frame revolvers that chamber black powder loads can be purchased without a permit, and then by changing the cylinder be converted into metallic cartridge guns and bypassing the licensing laws. But luckily for the general public, an 8 lb revolver doesn't have the same charisma as a 9 MM semi auto pistol, lucky for us.
John nak March 16, 2012 at 12:43 AM
So there's a "War" on the 2nd Amendment. While good men were arrested, they should have known to comply with the laws, however rediculous. As previously stated, a Ruger Ranch rifle shoots the same bullet as an AR-15. The world isn't safer by forbidding a pistol grip or flash suppressor. I hope all ends well for them.
Raul Rodriguez June 01, 2012 at 11:17 PM
It's really about control, and I would agree except they have no control over the criminals. By criminal I mean even the police officers that us there badge to sell drugs rob drug dealers sell weapons that were turned in by people for vouchers.
Subway Stinker August 13, 2012 at 12:55 AM
does anyone know the disposition of the criminal charges broght vs. Marty and his employees?
mark steiner October 24, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Just about everyone who is oriented toward gun collection knows about the ability to enhance the appearance of the ar-15 rifle to that of a m-16 military rifle. But it's not a military rifle,it is a civilian rifle and it is not going to harm any persons and neither are the people charged with these obsurd charges.These are law abiding, licensed federal gun retailers and gunsmiths that are of the highest estime in the industry. Talk is cheap just like this investigation. Tretola is not putting guns in the hands of criminals and killing and assaulting innocent people. Stolen guns from robbery of private collections,police property rooms,military bases and illegal shipments from out of country(ak-47's) are finding their way to other criminals in their underworld. This District Attorney is trying to score points with the uninformed, inexperienced public making them think that if you eliminate the licensed gun dealer that will end the gun crime in this world and everyone will be safer in their homes at night. Talk is just what it is talk. Sometimes it's macho bravado buts its only talk.Whenyou get macho baravo from law enforcement officials it's the same thing, only this time it wastes tax payers dollars.
Confidential/Witheld December 17, 2012 at 06:13 PM
"A nation of sheep, will beget a government of wolves." -Edward R. Murrow
Confidential/Witheld December 17, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Go to: murthalawfirm.com, T&T was offered $200K, because NCPD botched the raids, but will not have to assume any liability for same. Now THAT, is a complete waste of taxpayer dollars and should bring calls to place NCPD, etc, under scrutiny, for Official Misconduct, and defunding. Anyone wanting serious hardware will never go to a gun shop, they simply go to "the hood".
Samwise Gamgee October 03, 2013 at 01:03 PM
That is pretty scary. I have always gone through http://www.insurgentfirearms.com to get my firearms.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something