Geographic location, secretive banking sector, and a contraband trade hub ensure Panama’s place in the drug trade.
InSight Crime reports on How Panama’s Criminal Landscape Has Changed Since the Days of Narco-Dictator Noriega
Deceased Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was said to have turned his country into one of the most emblematic examples of a “narco-state” in Latin American history, and his dealings with Colombia‘s biggest drug bosses laid the groundwork for Panama‘s role in the global drug trade for decades after his 1989 arrest by US troops. We explore why Panama remains a drug trafficking haven for the successors of the Colombian criminals that Noriega helped make rich.
Notorious former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega died in a Panama City hospital on May 29 due to health complications. The 83-year-old former strongman had been under house arrest in his native country after serving time in both the United States and France on drug-related charges.
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Jon Lee Anderson writes on Manuel Noriega, a Thug of a Different Era