Man caught up in drug bust pleads guilty
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The second of the four defendants arrested after police executed two search warrants last January at two homes in Tafuna and Tafeta has entered into a plea agreement with the government.
Tolai Alesana, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $5,000 cash bond, appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing.
Alesana was originally charged with one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, a felony punishable by 5-10 years in jail, a fine of $5,000-$20,000, or both.
However, in a plea agreement with the government, Alesana pled guilty to the amended charge of unlawful possession of methamphetamine. Alesana admits that on Jan. 23, 2019 he had on him two glass pipes containing methamphetamine.
According to terms of the plea agreement, cops executed a search warrant on a silver pickup that was parked in front of a Tafuna store last January. Alesana and another male individual were inside the vehicle when police approached them.
During a body search, officers discovered two glass pipes containing meth in Alesana’s front left pocket. When asked about the glass pipes, Alesana said he got it from a friend, who lived in Vaitogi.
Sentencing is set for June 5th.