Inmate admits possessing pot in prison

A Juneau inmate who is serving time for a strong-arm robbery pleaded guilty Thursday to promoting contraband, marijuana, from behind bars.

Salesi S. Fifita, 22, agreed to change his plea to guilty Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court.

Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp said Fifita was found in possession of less than a gram of marijuana. Video surveillance at Lemon Creek Correctional Center captured him and another inmate exchanging the drugs, Kemp said.

Fifita was charged with first-degree promoting contraband, a felony. He agreed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of first-degree attempted promoting contraband, a misdemeanor.

A plea agreement calls for Fifita to serve an additional 30 days in jail. He is currently serving a five-year sentence for stealing a $3,000 Dolce-Gabbana purse from a Juneau woman in April of 2009, Empire archives show.

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