Go Directly to Jail

Noriega faces up to 120 years on eight drug counts

IN THE LONG AND PERVERSE ANNALS OF CRIME, FEW felons have matched the dizzying fall of Manuel Noriega: from Panamanian dictator to convicted drug dealer. He was still the ruler of his country when an American grand jury indicted him in February 1988 for narcotics trafficking. The following year the U.S. invasion of Panama led to his arrest.

Noriega's trial on drug and racketeering charges began in Miami last September and finally ended last week. The jurors pondered for four days, then declared themselves deadlocked, with one adamantly for acquittal. The judge ordered them to try again. Next day, surprisingly, they...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!