Ex-SC sheriff's deputy wanted in NM robbery found

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former South Carolina sheriff's lieutenant wanted for the armed robbery of one Santa Fe., N.M., pharmacy and the attempted robbery of another has been found unconscious in a hotel room and hospitalized.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office says 43-George William Smith was found at midday Saturday in an Albuquerque hotel. Lt. William Pacheco tells the Albuquerque Journal local police were called to check on a man and found Smith in a room. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Smith has been wanted since his wife recognized him on surveillance video showed on a TV news broadcast and called authorities. Dorie Biagianti-Smith is a prosecutor in the Santa Fe area.

Smith allegedly took hundreds of narcotic pills in the second robbery and it's believed he overdosed.

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