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Authorities: Alpharetta man intending to rob task force officer indicted
Joseph Anthony Smith
Joseph Anthony Smith

An Alpharetta man who was arrested by officers of the Johns Creek Alpharetta Forsyth County Drug Task Force in May after allegedly bringing an airsoft gun that had been painted to appear as a real handgun to a drug deal has now been indicted for criminal attempt to commit armed robbery.  

Joseph Anthony Smith, 39, was indicted by the Forsyth County Superior Court on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, for criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, possession of methamphetamine and drug related objects, court records show.

According to Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater, Smith was taken into custody on May 16 while allegedly traveling to the location of a drug deal transaction with undercover officers from the drug task force.

Smith was allegedly purporting to transact a “large” amount of methamphetamine with the undercover officers, but when his vehicle was searched, Rainwater said that officers only found a small amount of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and an airsoft gun that had allegedly been spray painted to appear as if it was a real gun.

Rainwater said that investigators believe that Smith intended to use the air soft gun to rob the undercover officer.  

Smith was taken into custody on May 16 and transported to the Forsyth County Jail, where he is currently being held under no bond.

This case will be presided over by Superior Court Judge Philip C. Smith and will be prosecuted by assistant district attorney James Dunn.

Attempts to reach Smith’s attorney for comment were unsuccessful as of press time.