SHELTON, Conn. -- A Shelton man pled guilty last week in federal court that he took part in a manufacturing and distributing steroids organization.
Deirdre Daly, U. S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, said that Mark Bertanza, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids.
According to court documents and statements made in court, a long-term investigation led by the FBI, DEA and Homeland Security revealed that individuals, including a law enforcement officer, were receiving shipments of steroid ingredients from China and manufacturing and distributing wholesale quantities of steroids.
The investigation also revealed that certain members of the conspiracy were distributing prescription pills, including oxycodone. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement officers seized hundreds of vials of steroids including 600 grams of raw testosterone powder, approximately 350 grams of powder cocaine, and four long guns.
In pleading guilty, Bertanza admitted that he purchased anabolic steroids from another member of the conspiracy and distributed them to others, according to Daly.
He is schedule to be sentenced in January where he faces a term of 10 years in prison. Bertanza was arrested in April and has been free on a $100,000 bond.