SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS in prison last week, General MANUEL NORIEGA is not likely to do his time in a country-club setting. But his co-conspirators are being rewarded with light sentences and various goodies for testifying against him:

* ROBERTO STRIEDINGER, the Medellin drug cartel's top guy in the U.S., will spend five years in a minimum-security facility and keep millions of dollars in drug profits and his collection of military assault rifles.

DAVID RODRIGO ORTIZ-HERMIDA, a cartel drug pilot, will serve just 120 days and then get placed in the federal witness-protection program.

DANIEL MIRANDA, who flew drug profits to...

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