SOMERVILLE, NJ - Julian Asaph Dale, 21, of Capricorn Drive, Hillsborough has been arrested and charged with possession of a handgun, according to Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Dale has been charged with 2nd Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon following a police sting operation on July 13th. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the Somerset County Jail, according to Robertson.

Robertson gave the following account of the investigation and arrest:

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The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office received information on July 11th that an individual identified as Dale was attempting to purchase a handgun and 100 rounds of ammunition through the internet.

After making contact with Dale, an undercover detective made arrangements to deliver the handgun and ammunition to him at a pre-determined secluded parking lot in Bridgewater.    

Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, Hillsborough Township Police, and Bridgewater Township Police set up surveillance where the transaction was to take place on July 13th.

The surveillance team saw Dale arrive in his car; after parking the vehicle, Dale walked over to the pre-determined location and retrieved a cardboard box containing an inoperable handgun and ammunition.

As Dale was returning to his vehicle with the cardboard box detectives approached Dale, and he was arrested without incident.