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Man pleads guilty in murder of police informant

PHOENIX — An Arizona man has pleaded guilty in the 2001 death of a police
informant who revealed details of a botched plan to steal nearly $1 million in
steroids from a FedEx truck outside a Phoenix pharmacy.

Mikhail Drachev (DRAH-chev) admitted involvement Friday in the December 2001
killing of 21-year-old Konstantin Simberg.

Simberg was kidnapped, beaten with brass knuckles and driven to a remote
stretch of desert where he was set on fire and left for dead.

Authorities say Simberg had acknowledged involvement in the plot to steal 6,000
vials of human growth hormone and implicated another man in the crime.

Police say Simberg was kidnapped by Drachev and two other men as Simberg talked
to a detective on a phone from an apartment in Phoenix.


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