US Charges fmr Heavyweight Boxer with Trafficking $1 billion Worth of Cocaine

It can be tough to retire from sports. Not only does being a professional athlete become a way of life, but it provides an income that’s hard to replicate in other sectors unless you’re good at working your image.

Then, of course, there’s always drug trafficking.

The Department of Justice announced Monday that they’re charging a former professional heavyweight boxer with trafficking cocaine.

20 tons of cocaine.

Worth more than $1 billion. The cocaine was headed to the Netherlands on a cargo ship. The DOJ alleges that Gogic and his conspirators used “meticulous planning” to transport cocaine from Colombia through US ports to Europe.

The cocaine was pushed through US ports, most of which was caught in 2019 in what prosecutors called “one of the largest drug seizures in United States history.”

43-year-old Goran Gogic was arrested Sunday after being indicted by a grand jury in New York. Gogic is from Montenegro and was arrested while trying to board a flight at Miami International Airport.

The former athlete was charged with three counts of violating the federal Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act and one count of conspiracy.

His sentence could range from a minimum of 10 years in prison to a lifetime.