A young man who had been involved with a support group for heroin addicts and who was interviewed on national television about his drug usage has been sentenced to three years in prison for selling heroin last summer in Naperville.
But the man, Peter K. Rundo, might avoid having to serve that term if he is found eligible for enrollment in a boot camp-like program run by the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Rundo, 21, lives on the 10S200 block of Alan Road, in an unincorporated area of Will County near the Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve along Naperville’s southwest side. He pleaded guilty in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet to a Class 2 felony count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, said Charles B. Pelkie, spokesman for State’s Attorney James Glasgow.
Judge Sarah F. Jones last week accepted Rundo’s plea and imposed the prison sentence. Pelkie said Jones recommended Rundo for admission into the “boot camp” program.
Rundo was arrested Sept. 16 following an undercover investigation by agents of the Joliet Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad (MANS). Naperville police assisted in that operation.
MANS Deputy Director John Arizzi said agents earlier this year learned Rundo was buying heroin in Chicago and bringing it to the Naperville area to sell. They made contact with him and arranged to buy the drug in what would total three “controlled purchases,” Arizzi said in September.
Rundo met with the agents twice in an area roughly bounded by 75th and 111th streets on Naperville’s far south and southwest sides. The last sale was conducted about 8 p.m. Sept. 16 near a service station near 95th Street and Book Road.
Arizzi said the heroin, sold each time in small, foil packets, totaled six grams.
Rundo had been involved in the Open Hearts/Open Minds heroin abuse support group. He also was interviewed for and appeared in a segment on heroin abuse in the U.S. on the CBS-TV news program “48 Hours.”
A potential complication for Rundo might exist in DuPage County, as his most recent arrest violated the terms of his probation in a prior case of drug possession and inebriated driving.
Rundo in July 2012 was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence of narcotics. In that matter, Naperville police on Dec. 22, 2011 arrested him for heroin possession in the Market Meadows shopping center, a strip mall near Market Street and Naper Boulevard on the city’s east side.
DuPage County Circuit Court Judge Blanche Hill Fawell, who presided over the case, ordered Rundo to perform 30 hours of community service work and placed him on two years of probation for first-time, controlled substance offenders.