Posted at: 12/26/2012 9:08 AM
By: The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say a former South Carolina sheriff's lieutenant suspected in the armed robbery of a Santa Fe pharmacy and the attempted robbery of another is improving after having suffered a suspected drug overdose.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that 43-year-old George William Smith was showing improvement after being found unconscious in an Albuquerque hotel room Saturday.
Santa Fe Sheriff's Lt. William Pacheco says investigators served a search warrant on the hotel room and recovered bottles of hydrocodone, a narcotic painkiller.
Smith was a sheriff's deputy in Georgetown County, S.C., for 15 years before quitting in 2009.
Smith's wife works as a Santa Fe-area prosecutor and confronted Smith after seeing a news report with an image of the robber.
He left their home and she called Santa Fe Police.
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