Former heavyweight boxer charged with trafficking 22 tons of cocaine worth $1B through U.S. ports

A former heavyweight boxer from Montenegro was charged by the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday with trafficking in 22 tons of cocaine worth over $1 billion, most of which was part of one of the largest cocaine seizures in American history.

Goran Gogic, 43, was arrested on Sunday night while trying to board a flight to Zurich from Miami International Airport, after being indicted by a grand jury in New York.

Prosecutors charged Gogic with three counts of violating the federal Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act, and one count of conspiracy. Each count carries a mandatory minimum 10-year prison term and possible life sentence.

Gogic was detained after a brief appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisette Reid in Miami, his lawyer said. Another detention hearing is scheduled for Nov. 7.

The charges stem from the seizures of 22 tons of cocaine from three commercial cargo ships in 2019, including 19.8 tons from the MSC Gayane while it was docked at Philadelphia’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal.