Manuel Antonio Noriega Moreno - a Panamanian general and the de facto military leader of Panama from 1983 to 1989. Contrary to several sources, Noriega was never President of Panama. He was initially a strong ally of the United States and worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from the late 1950s to 1986. By the late 1980s, relations had turned extremely tense between Noriega and the United States government, and in 1989 the general was overthrown and captured in the United States invasion of Panama. He was taken to the United States, and convicted under federal charges of cocaine
trafficking, racketeering, and money laundering. He remains imprisoned in a federal prison in Miami, Florida, where his daughters and his grandchildren frequently visit. In December, 2004, he was briefly hospitalized after suffering a minor stroke.
A name synonomous with drug dealing.