Man gets jail in Naperville pot case

<p>Danial M. Waseem</p>

Danial M. Waseem

A man from Naperville’s far south side has been sentenced to jail and placed on probation, for his role in last summer’s delivery to his home of a package containing five pounds of marijuana.

Danial M. Waseem, 24, pleaded guilty to a Class 1 felony charge of the manufacture or delivery of more than 2,000 but less than 5,000 grams of marijuana, according to records on file in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet.

Judge Amy M. Bertani-Tomczak on Thursday accepted Waseem’s plea, sentencing him to four days in Will County Jail and placing him on two years of probation, records showed. Waseem spent two days in jail following his arrest, and with day-for-day credit for good behavior, has completed his term and been released.

Records indicated a companion felony charge of cannabis trafficking was dismissed in exchange for Waseem’s plea.

Waseem was arrested Sept. 11 along with associates Nickolas J. Gelardi and Awais M. Khan. That followed an investigation by members of the Naperville Police Department’s Special Operations Group and agents of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Those authorities conducted a narcotics investigation at various locations in Will, DuPage, and Cook counties. Postal inspectors had intercepted a suspicious package they determined was five pounds of marijuana, according to a news release issued last year.

The package was marked for delivery to Waseem’s home on the 800 block of Pueblo Court, in the Breckenridge Estates area of Naperville. Special Operations Group members and postal inspectors participated in the delivery.

Waseem and Khan a short time later were seen leaving with the marijuana, getting into a vehicle and driving to Gelardi’s home in Bolingbrook. Police said all three were conducting a narcotics transaction just before being arrested and taken into custody.

In addition to the marijuana-filled package, police said unspecified amounts of marijuana and cash were among the evidence seized from Waseem’s car and the Gelardi home.

Authorities said Khan and Waseem, prior to their arrests, were seen making “hand to hand” drug deals with buyers in the parking lots of Naperville-area businesses.

Gelardi, 18, faces trial on a felony charge of the manufacture or delivery of marijuana. His case, like Waseem’s, was up in court on Thursday, but records did not indicate what, if anything, happened that day in his case.

Khan, 27, of Des Plaines, is to stand trial on felony charges of cannabis trafficking and the manufacture or delivery of marijuana. He is scheduled to return April 28 to court.