Ex-Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega was indicted on drug trafficking charges following the US invasion of Panama in 1989. Evidence of his involvement in drug trafficking, however, goes back to the 1950’s when the United States was his supporter.
Manuel Noriega was a career soldier, who through opportunistic support during the revolution in the late 1960’s and a possible assassination, has become the de facto leader of Panama by the early 1980’s. His involvement with the American CIA goes back to the late 1950’s. By the time of the 1989 invasion of Panama, Noriega had become a key player in the Medellin Cartel. After his arrest, he was convicted in 1992 on eight counts of drug trafficking, racketeering, and money laundering. He was released in 2007 and extradited to France, who in 2010 sentenced him to another ten years.
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