BOLINGBROOK – A cumulative effort by the Naperville Police Department Special Operations Group and U.S. Postal Service inspectors led to three drug trafficking arrests Wednesday in Bolingbrook.
Danial Muhammad Waseem, 24, of 816 Pueblo Court, Naperville, and Awais Mohammed Khan, 27, of 1921 Rancho Lane, Des Plaines, were charged with cannabis trafficking and manufacture and delivery of cannabis, both class one felonies.
Nickolas J. Gelardi, 18, of 1457 Lily Cache Lane, Bolingbrook, was charged with manufacture and delivery of cannabis, a class one felony.
The arrests occurred after inspectors from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Naperville Police Department’s Special Operations Group conducted a narcotics investigation in various locations in Will, DuPage, and Cook counties Wednesday, according to the Will County Sheriff's Office.
The USPS intercepted a suspicious package, determining that the contents included about five pounds of marijuana, scheduled to be shipped to Waseem's residence in the 800 block of Pueblo Court, in Naperville, according to Naperville Police Sgt. Lou Cammiso.
Authorities then delivered the package to the residence and followed Waseem and Khan, who left the home, taking it to Gelardi's residence in the 1400 block of Lily Cache Lane, according to Cammiso.
The three suspects were seen conducting the drug transactions and were arrested, Cammiso said.
Prior to the arrests, police allegedly observed Waseem and Khan making “hand to hand” transactions with buyers in Naperville area business parking lots. Additionally, they stopped at a residence in the 1600 block of Lonsdale Avenue, where authorities later recovered additional marijuana, Cammiso said.
A search of the residence in Lonsdale Avenue resulted in the recovery of small amounts of cannabis, paraphernalia, and evidence related to drug trafficking, according to police. Two additional subjects will be charged after arrest warrants are obtained, stemming from the items recovered on Lonsdale, according to Cammiso.
Afterwards, searches of Waseem's and Khan's houses resulted in marijuana, drug trafficking items and cash, Cammiso added.
Waseem, Khan and Gelardi were arrested and transported to Will County Adult Detention Facility. They all face potential additional charges.