Wake Forest man faces charges over sale of fake cocaine

From Staff ReportsJune 18, 2013 

Joe Tommy Smith

WAKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

— A man faces felony charges after he did not sell cocaine to an undercover officer.

Joe Tommy Smith, 29, of 1613 Chalk Road in Wake Forest, was charged with two counts of selling or delivering a counterfeit controlled substance and one count of possessing a fake drug.

State law makes it a crime both to “manufacture, sell or deliver, or possess with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver” a controlled drug and to “create, sell or deliver, or possess with intent to sell or deliver” a fake.

Police charged that on Friday, Smith sold a white powder to the officer, claiming it was cocaine.

A test showed the powder was not cocaine, however, officers said in an arrest warrant.

Police also charged Smith with not appearing in court on an earlier misdemeanor arrest.

Smith was being held Tuesday in lieu of $32,000 bail.

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