Goran Gogić: Former heavyweight boxer accused of trafficking cocaine worth over one billion dollars

Goran Gogić: Former heavyweight boxer accused of trafficking cocaine worth over one billion dollars


Former heavyweight boxer Goran Gogić was accused of maritime trafficking of cocaine worth over one billion dollars through American ports. the US Department of Justice announced At Monday.

A 43-year-old Montenegrin was arrested on Sunday evening while trying to board an international flight from Miami, according to a DOJ statement.

Gogić was charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the law Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act and three counts of violating the Marine Drug Enforcement Act, according to court documents. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, with a maximum of life in prison, the DOJ said.

Breon Peace, US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, He described the quantities of cocaine that Gogić and his accomplices allegedly tried to transport as “unbelievable” and stated that it was more than 20 tons.

Between May 2018 and July 2019, Gogic allegedly “conspired with others to distribute massive quantities of cocaine” from Colombia to Europe on commercial cargo ships loaded in the U.S., according to the DOJ and court documents.

The DOJ says US law enforcement officials have seized three shipments of cocaine.

The largest of the three seizures took place in the port of Philadelphia on June 19, 2019, when almost 20 tons of cocaine were found on board. MSC Guyana.

It was “one of the largest cocaine seizures in United States history” and worth more than $1 billion, the DOJ said.

Reuters reports that Gogic was taken into custody after he appeared in federal court in Miami on Monday, citing his lawyer, who told the news agency that the charges surprised his client, adding that Gogic “maintains his innocence and had to come to the U.S. for a boxing convention in Puerto Rico.”

Gogic is scheduled to be arraigned in the Eastern District of New York at an unspecified date, according to the Justice Department.

CNN requested comment from Gogic’s lawyers and the Montenegrin consulate in New York, but did not immediately receive a response.

Gogic’s boxing career spanned 11 years from 2001 to 2012, according to BoxRec. He retired with 21 wins, four losses and two draws.

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