An ex-heavyweight boxer is facing charges for allegedly bringing in cocaine worth over $1 billion.
After being charged by a grand jury in New York, 43-year-old Goran Gogic was detained on Sunday night at Miami International Airport while trying to catch a trip to Zurich, Switzerland.
Prosecutors from the United States Department of Justice have filed four charges against Gogic: three counts of violating the federal Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act and one count of conspiracy. The minimum punishment for each crime is ten years in jail, while the maximum is life.
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Breon Peace hailed the arrest and subsequent indictment of Gogic as “a stunning success for law enforcement” in a statement.
Gogic is accused because of his management of three containers containing over 22 tons of cocaine that were seized at US ports in 2019. This was one of the greatest drug seizures in American history.
Gogic was accused of participating in a cocaine smuggling ring that funneled narcotics from Colombia via American ports on their way to Europe. After dark, the group allegedly utilized cranes and nets to load cocaine into cargo ships coming in speedboats.
“These charges came as a surprise to him. He maintains his innocence, and had come to the U.S. for a boxing convention in Puerto Rico.” Lawrence Hashish, Gogic’s attorney, said.
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