Accused “Pink” drug trafficker dies at Spg. Co. Detention Center


SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – The coroner’s office says the man accused of trafficking the deadly drug “Pink” out of a Greenville apartment complex died Monday at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office says 28-year-old Theodore Vitaliy Khleborod appears to have taken his own life.

An autopsy was conducted Tuesday. The cause of Khleborod’s death is still pending as of Thursday night, and remains under investigation by the coroner’s office. The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and the S.C. Law Enforcement Division are also investigating.

The coroner’s office says the preliminary investigation shows no foul play.

In April, Khleborod was arrested along with 24-year-old Ana Milena Barrero on federal drug charges including possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of U-47700, conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute U-47700, and using the U.S. mail to facilitate a drug trafficking crime.RELATED: 2 arrested after ‘Pink’ drug bust at downtown apartment in Greenville

The two were arrested after an 18-year-old was found dead in her apartment in Oregon, following an apparent drug overdose. Investigators found a bag of pink, with a packaged return address to Greenville.

Agents said they had around the clock surveillance on the apartment at the South Ridge Apartments and searched a home in Greer.

During the raid, agents found 85 parcels containing U-47700, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

They they also found about 20 pounds of the drug and $30,000 in cash.

Barrero entered a guilty plea in federal court in August.RELATED: ‘Pink’ drug suspects in court, woman pleads guilty

Khleborod’s was expected to appear in court in December.

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