US accuses former heavyweight boxer of smuggling cocaine worth over $1 billion

The Justice Department on Monday charged a former professional heavyweight boxer with smuggling more than 20 tons of cocaine through U.S. ports worth more than $1 billion, most of which prosecutors in 2019 called “the biggest drug abuse in United States history.” One of the seizures of drugs”. ,

The Justice Department said in a news release that 43-year-old Goran Gogik was arrested in New York on Sunday after being indicted by a grand jury. Gogik, a resident of Montenegro, was arrested while trying to take off at Miami International Airport.

Gogic was charged with three counts of violation of the Federal Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act and one count of conspiracy. faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison.

The allegations stem from three seizures of cocaine, specifically 19.8 tonnes from a cargo ship, while it was Docked at Philadelphia’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in 2019. At that time, Ivan Durasevic and Fonofawa Tiasaga, the other mates of the ship, were arrested. The ship was on its way to the Netherlands.

Massive cocaine busted in Port of Philadelphia
During a press conference on June 21, 2019, heavily armed officers stand guard as law enforcement officers present some evidence from a cocaine bust at MSC Guyan in the Port of Philadelphia.

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Prosecutors allege that Gogik and others used “careful planning” to transport cocaine from Colombia to Europe via US ports using commercial cargo ships.

Prosecutors wrote, “Partners of the plot loaded commercial cargo ships near the coast and ports at night, working with crew members from speedboats that approached the ships at several points along their route.” Will take a load of cocaine.”

The defendants allegedly loaded the drugs using nets and the ship’s crane. Prosecutors said that once the cocaine was on the ship, the crew would hide it in shipping containers.

Prosecutors said the complex operation involved access to each ship’s crew, route, real-time position and geolocation data.

Gogi is accused of orchestrating the operation by coordinating with crew members, Colombian smugglers and European dockworkers.

After the massive busts in Philadelphia in 2019, US Attorney William McSwan tweeted: “This is one of the largest drug seizures in United States history. This amount of cocaine can kill millions – millions.”

According to online boxing records, the 6-foot-5-inch, 250-pound Gogic competed from 2001 to 2012, winning 21 fights and losing four.

In a statement, US Attorney Brian Peace called Gogick’s arrest and indictment “a physical blow to the organization and individuals responsible for distributing cocaine on a large scale.”

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