ALBUQUERQUE -- A former South Carolina sheriff's lieutenant sought in the armed robbery of one Santa Fe pharmacy and the attempted robbery of another was found unconscious in a hotel room and hospitalized.

George William Smith was found at midday Saturday in an Albuquerque hotel, said Lt. William Pacheco, spokesman for the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office.

Pacheco told 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, 43, has been wanted since his wife recognized him on surveillance video shown on a television news broadcast about the robberies 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 is thought to have overdosed, Pacheco said.

Smith worked for the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office in South Carolina for 15 years and quit in 2009, sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Cuthbertson said Friday.

He briefly worked for the Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office in New Mexico in early 2011 before Sheriff Tommy Rodella asked him to resign, department spokesman Jake Arnold said.