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Former deputy suffers drug overdose after pharmacy theft

  1. Basoodler
    SANTA FE (WBTW) -- New Mexico authorities suspect a former Georgetown County sheriff's lieutenant in a pair of pharmacy robberies.

    Santa Fe Police say 43-year-old George William Smith held up one pharmacy... and tried to rob a second... to get the drug oxycodone.

    Officials say Smith's wife, who is a Santa Fe prosecutor, called authorities after she saw a photo during a TV news story about the robberies.

    Smith, who was a Georgetown deputy for 15 years until 2009, then fled the couple's home. He was found unconscious in an Albuquerque hotel room and has been hospitalized.

    The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office told the Associated Press that Smith was found at midday Saturday in an Albuquerque hotel.

    Lt. William Pacheco told the Albuquerque Journal that local police were called to check on a man and found Smith in a room. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition and is being treated for a narcotics overdose.



  1. Basoodler
    Ex-lawman improves after suspected overdose in NM

    The Associated Press
    Posted: 12/26/2012 08:05:46 AM MST

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—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.

  2. Basoodler
    Ex-SC sheriff's deputy in NM robbery critical

    [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=30601&stc=1&d=1356552888[/imgl]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.

    (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
  3. Moving Pictures
    this is wild. after being a cop for 15 years and having a prosecutor as a wife he still goes out and robs multiple pharmacies. That shows how far addiction can take you. All this talk of "armed robbery" is odd because no where does it mention that he had a gun or a knife or any kind of weapon. Strong armed robbery (2nd degree robbery/whatever they call it where your from) is a far less serious crime. This strikes home with me because my initial charges were 2nd robbery but the newspaper and the television initially reported it as 1st degree or armed robbery.

    I know he's a cop and probably busted dozens of people for the same shit but I can't help but feel for the guy. The level of desperation it takes to go out and committ a crime like that is hard for a lot of people to imagine. I think when he saw his face on the news he went to the motel and tried to kill himself by overdosing.

    I don't think he's going to skate on this one just because he was a cop. With the prescrition pill situation the way it is now, he is going to do a fair amount of time, especailly if it really was an armed robbery.

    I hope the victims of his crime are able to forgive him and his wife is able to get over the shame he brought on her.

    This is really a sad story. Most people are going to be happy that a cop got caught doing it but this shows you how bad it can get. I was there, guys. I know how bad it can get.
  4. curlysue
    A (former) police officer in my hometown was initially under investigation when firearms were coming up missing from the evidence room. He admitted to stealing five guns from evidence and reselling them, some to other police officers. About two weeks after that, he was arrested for impersonating a police officer and he had syringes on him.

    While it was amusing to some of my friends that he had arrested in the past, i couldn't help but feel sorry for him. I wondered if dealing with users on a daily basis drove him to find out what the 'hype' was all about, so to speak, and he found himself a slave to addiction.

    I couldn't imagine being a former police officer and end up in jail for a crime. You know that it's gotta suck looking through the bars from the inside. The police officers probably give him hell for being a 'crooked cop', and the inmates do the same for being a former police officer.
  5. c4nucKsens8tioN
    Figures this guy is from South Carolina. Its pretty messed up here.
  6. Moving Pictures
    He will be in a "check in" cell aka protective custody while he is in incarcerated. It's for his saftey and to protect the jail from a law suite. Depending on what jail his is in, he would probably get the shit beat out of him and have all his food and commisary stolen the first day he is put in a cell. That's why they put high profile inmates, lawyers, cops, celebreties, etc. in protective custody (PC).
  7. Basoodler
    Its just goes to show that everyone is human. Police are just paid to enforce laws, but are every bit as vulnerable to the temptations in life. Its just like a manager may not agree with or follow every rule they are paid to enforce, but because they are paid to enforce rules they just have to suck it up do their jobs.

    The guy probably had to great lengths to hide his habit. All those lies and sneaking really can wear a person down. To the point that the lines of wrong and right are so blurred a person can do anything. The denial can be deceiving
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