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Bolingbrook man convicted in mailed marijuana scheme

Published: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 8:51 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 9:07 p.m. CDT
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Nickolas J. Gelardi

BOLINGBROOK – A Bolingbrook man who was one of three charged with mailing five pounds of marijuana to a home in Naperville in September 2013 was convicted Thursday in Judge Amy M. Bertani-Tomczak's Will County Circuit Court room in Joliet.

Nickolas J. Gelardi, 19, of the 1400 block of Lily Cache Lane, pleaded guilty to an amended felony charge of unlawful possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, according to media reports.

Tomczak accepted Gelardi’s plea and ordered him to perform 30 hours of community service, according to court records. Bertani-Tomczak also placed him on two years probation.

Gelardi, along with Danial Muhammad Waseem, 24, 816 Pueblo Court, Naperville, and Awais Mohammed Khan, 27, 1921 Rancho Lane, DesPlaines, were arrested on drug trafficking charges Sept. 11, 2013, in Bolingbrook following a cumulative effort by the Naperville Police Department Special Operations Group and U.S. Postal Service inspectors.

Waseem and Khan were charged with marijuana trafficking and manufacture and delivery of marijuana, both class one felonies.

Gelardi was originally charged with felony manufacture or delivery of marijuana

The investigation began after postal inspectors intercepted a package they determined was filled with five pounds of marijuana, according to a statement last year from Naperville police.

The package was addressed to Waseem’s home. Naperville Special Operations Group members and postal inspectors jointly delivered the parcel to the house. Khan and Waseem were then observed with the marijuana in hand, leaving in a vehicle and driving to Gelardi’s home. All three were arrested after completing narcotics sales.

Waseem pleaded guilty in April to a felony charge of the manufacture or delivery of more than 2,000 but less than 5,000 grams of marijuana, court records stated. He was sentenced to four days in Will County Jail and placed on two years probation.

Khan is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 12.

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