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
1950s to 1986. By the late
1980s, relations had turned extremely tense between Noriega
and the United States government, and in 1989 the general
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.