A former boxer has been charged with attempting to smuggle $1 billion worth of cocaine in 2019.
Montenegro’s Goran Gogic was at the Miami airport on Sunday, October 30 and was arrested while trying to board a flight to Zurich. The former boxer was immediately arraigned before Judge Lisette Reid before the United States Magistrate before being remanded to await his next hearing on November 7.
According to a report by the Reuters news agency, a grand jury in New York charged the 43-year-old with the crime of overseeing the operation of drug trafficking in which 22 tons of cocaine were seized. three ships in 2019. States from Columbia before going to their final destination in Europe.
The arrest was described as one of the largest drug busts in US history. It seems that the former boxer was an important part of the project, as he coordinated the work of the workers who used the crane to remove the drugs from the running boats before loading them into the cargo ships.
The Allegation of Gogic’s Claims is Surprising
The US Department of Justice has charged Gogic with conspiracy, and three counts of violating the Maritime Law Enforcement Act.
The 43-year-old man could face significant prison time for his role in the operation, as each charge carries a mandatory 10-year sentence with a possible life sentence.
19.8 tons of cocaine were found on board the MSC Gayane, and at least eight of the crew have pleaded guilty to conspiracy. So far, Gogic’s lawyer Lawrence Hashish has claimed that the former boxer has nothing to do with the project.
“These charges came as a surprise to him. He maintained his innocence and came to the United States for a boxing event in Puerto Rico. “
According to BoxRec, Gogic made his boxing debut in 2001. The 43-year-old heavyweight fought almost all of his fights in Germany, and ended his career with two wins in 2012 that brought his record to a close. to 21-4. -2.
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