San Quentin Worker Accused of Selling Pot to Prisoners

Former prison employee might find out what it's like on the other side of the bars.

By Mike Anderson
|  Monday, Oct 24, 2011  |  Updated 3:51 PM PDT
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A former prison worker could do six years in prison himself after allegedly selling pot to inmates at San Quentin.

Robert Alioto is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on three charges: bringing a controlled substance into a state prison, selling or furnishing a controlled substance to a prisoner and possession of marijuana for sale.

The 48-year-old warehouse supervisor at San Quentin State Prison was arrested back in October and has since been fired from his job at the prison. He had been working there since June 2010, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

Built in 1852, San Quentin in Marin County is California's oldest prison. It houses the state's only Death Row for male inmates.

Officials wouldn't say wheather Alioto is suspected of selling pot to more than one prisoner, but Alioto's lawyer, Brooke Halsey, said he will plead not guilty.

"We believe there's mitigating factors we'll bring to light," Halsey said.

Alioto is currently out on bail.

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