A 32-year-old Hayward man pleaded guilty in federal court in Madison on Thursday to charges of possessing anabolic steroids with the intent to distribute.

Michael Wozny could get 10 years in prison without parole when he is sentenced March 17 by U.S. District Judge William Conley.

According to a press release from the Department of Justice, the Wozny case started in late 2006, when a Minnesota man was arrested for dealing steroids. That individual said he purchased the performance-enhancing drugs from another man in Minnesota, who said he got the drugs from Wozny.

The case against Wozny grew stronger when John Zellers, known as the Label Doktor, was convicted in New Jersey of causing the introduction of anabolic steroids into interstate commerce by providing high-quality labels for bottles of the unapproved drugs.

Investigators found Zellers provided Wozny with labels in 2007, with the smallest of three or four orders containing enough labels for 630 bottles of anabolic steroids.

When police issued a search warrant at Wozny’s residence in Hayward in 2007, about 1 kilogram of powdered anabolic steroids was found, the release said.

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