Goran Gogic, former heavyweight boxer, charged with trafficking more than $1B worth of cocaine

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The Justice Department has charged former professional boxer Goran Gogic, 43, with transporting more than 20 tons of cocaine worth more than $1 billion through US ports. Gogich was arrested Sunday after being indicted by a grand jury in New York. according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

Prosecutors called the seizure “one of the largest drug seizures in United States history.”

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Gogic, from Montenegro, tried to board a flight at Miami International Airport before being arrested. He was charged with three counts of violating the federal maritime drug law and one count of conspiracy. Gogich faces a mandatory 10-year prison term and could receive a life sentence if found guilty on all charges. It is reported by CBS News..

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The charges relate to three seizures of cocaine, including a seizure of 19.8 tons of the drug on a cargo ship bound for the Netherlands while docked at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in Philadelphia back in 2019. At that time, Ivan Durasevich, who was the ship’s second mate, and Fonofavae Tiasaga were the only ones arrested.

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Prosecutors allege that Gogich and all parties concerned used “careful planning” to transport cocaine to Europe from Colombia via U.S. ports using cargo ships.

“The members of the conspiracy loaded commercial cargo ships at night near the coast and ports, working with crew members who lifted loads of cocaine from boats that approached the ships at several points along their route,” prosecutors said.

Presumably, the cocaine was loaded using nets and ship cranes. Once on board, prosecutors allege that crew members hid drugs in shipping containers. Gogich is believed to have coordinated the operation with several other people, including Colombian drug dealers and European dock workers.

Gogich was an active boxer from 2001 to 2012, during which time he amassed a career record of 21-4.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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