Ex-lawman improves after suspected overdose in Albuquerque

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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