Ex-SC deputy ODs after holdup

Suspected in New Mexico drug store robbery, and holdup attempt elsewhere

Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 12:40 PM
Last updated 6:29 PM
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — 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 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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BamaFanNGa 12/23/12 - 03:28 pm
Sounds like a desperate cry

Sounds like a desperate cry for help. To have served the community for so long then do a complete 180* turn is baffling.

Frank I
Frank I 12/23/12 - 04:39 pm

addiction does terrible things to ones mind.. you make very poor choices..

thewayitis 12/23/12 - 08:16 pm
I hope this is a wake up call

Georgia POST and other regulatory authorities should dig deeper into this problem in general. They may be surprised at what they find.

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