Ex-SC sheriff's deputy in NM robbery critical

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former South Carolina sheriff's lieutenant suspected in the armed robbery of one Santa Fe., N.M., pharmacy and the attempted robbery of another is still hospitalized in critical condition.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office says 43-year-old George William Smith was found unconscious Saturday in an Albuquerque hotel after a dayslong manhunt. He allegedly took a large amount of the powerful narcotic Oxycodone during a pharmacy robbery Tuesday.

Lt. William Pacheco told the Albuquerque Journal after Smith was found that it's believed he overdosed.

University of New Mexico Hospital spokesman Luke Frank said Sunday that he remained in critical condition.

Smith is married to a Santa Fe-area prosecutor and was a sheriff's deputy in Georgetown County, S.C. for 15 years before quitting in 2009.

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