SOMERVILLE, NJ - A local man was charged with multiple weapons and a drug charge after police found three hollow point bullets and what they believe to be marijuana in his possession, according to a news release. 

A loaded black 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun was also recovered and believed to belong to the Franklin man. 

Police say, Michael Davis, 19 of Franklin Township was charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, fourth-degree possession of prohibited weapons and devices (hollow point bullets), fourth-degree obstruction of administration of law, fourth-degree hindering apprehension and fourth-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana less than 50 grams). 

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According to police on June 12, members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force (OCNTF), along with members of the Franklin Township Police Department, conducted an investigation into Michael Davis illegally possessing a firearm within Bascom Park, which is located on Delmonico Avenue.

Members of the OCNTF were watching Bascom Park and surrounding areas and observed Davis adjusting an item in the waistband of his pants according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Police say Davis left Bascom Park and began walking towards the intersection of Delmonico Avenue and Wheeler Place. 

"After making these observations members of the OCNTF approached Davis for questioning and identified themselves as police officers," Robertson said in a news release. "Davis fled the area, running back towards Bascom Park. While fleeing from police, Davis was observed removing a handgun from his waistband and throwing it on the ground. Members of the OCNTF recovered the firearm, a black 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun, and placed Davis under arrest without further incident."

According to police Davis was searched and five individually packaged plastic bags of suspected marijuana, as well as one plastic bag which contained three hollow point bullets, were found in his possession. The black Smith & Wesson handgun was found to be loaded with hollow point bullets, police say. 

Davis will be lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing. 

Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Franklin Township Chief of Police Richard Grammarrequest anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533, or via the STOPit app.

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