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Three nabbed, two sought in pot-trafficking case

 Danial Muhammad Waseem, 24, of Naperville, is charged with cannabis trafficking, a Class 1 felony, and manufacture/delivery of cannabis, also a Class 1 felony. | Courtesy of Naperville Police Department
Awais Mohammed Khan, 27, of Des Plaines, is charged with marijuana trafficking, a Class 1fFelony, and manufacture/delivery of marijuana, a Class 1 felony. | courtesy of Naperville Police Department
Nickolas J Gelardi, 18, of Bolingbrook, is charged with manufacture/delivery of cannabis, a Class 1 felony. | Courtesy of Naperville Police Department
Law enforcement personnel seized more than 15 pounds ofcCannabis and items related to cannabis trafficking including: $85,855 in U.S. currency, electronics, a 2006 BMW and a 2006 Lexus. | Courtesy of Naperville Police Department

A man from Naperville’s far south side and two associates remained Thursday night in Will County Jail in Joliet, after being caught in a sting involving more than 15 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street sale value of $60,000.

Bail was set Thursday at $1 million for Naperville resident Danial M. Waseem, 24, and Awais M. Khan, 27, of Des Plaines. Bail was set at $300,000 for the third man, Nickolas J. Gelardi, 18, of Bolingbrook.

Waseem and Khan face trial on felony charges of marijuana trafficking and manufacture or delivery of marijuana. Gelardi is charged with felony manufacture or delivery of marijuana.

Naperville police said members of the department’s Special Operations Group joined with U.S. Postal Inspection Service agents about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday in a narcotics investigation at various locations in Will, DuPage, and Cook counties.

Postal inspectors had intercepted a suspicious package they concluded contained five pounds of marijuana, according to a news release. It was to be delivered to Waseem’s home on the 800 block of Pueblo Court.

SOG members and postal service inspectors jointly delivered the parcel to the home, the news release read in part. They watched as Waseem and Khan then allegedly left the home with it.

The pair then drove to Gelardi’s home on the 1400 block of Lily Cache Lane in Bolingbrook. All three men were allegedly conducting a drug transaction when police arrived at the scene, and were taken into custody without incident.

Two more people will probably be charged in connection with the drug dealing.

In addition to the original package, “large amounts of (marijuana), currency and related evidence was recovered from Waseem’s car” and Gelardi’s home, according to the release.

Naperville police Sgt. Lou Cammiso said more than 15 pounds of marijuana were recovered during the operation. Postal service inspectors said the marijuana had an estimated street sale value of $60,000, Cammiso said.

The money that was seized totaled $85,855. Cammiso said police also confiscated a 2006 BMW car and a 2006 Lexus from the men.

Prior to being arrested, Waseem and Khan were allegedly observed making “hand to hand” drug transactions with buyers in Naperville-area business parking lots, the release stated. One of those deals occurred on the 1600 block of Lonsdale Avenue, in an area of Naperville located in DuPage County.

Two additional, still-unidentified men or women are expected to be arrested and charged in connection with the drug dealing.

An examination of Will County Circuit Court records revealed Bolingbrook police in August 2012 issued Gelardi a municipal ticket for possession of marijuana. He was later found guilty of that charge, ordered to perform 20 hours of community service work, fined $185 and placed on six months of court supervision.

Other than that infraction, none of the men have criminal records in either Will County or DuPage County, court documents indicated.

Additional charges are pending against the trio in DuPage and Cook counties.

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