The Totalitarian Leader of Panama
Narcokleptocracy - A Society ruled by thieves involved in the drug trade
Noriega was able to work with the CIA on their payroll until 1967, this gave him substantial power and he could easily get away with breaking laws. He created a society that was lead and governed by the drug trades. The government worked to make the leader(s) more rich and powerful as opposed to helping the citizens. This gave him a lot of power because he controlled the country and the legal trade as long as the illegal trade.
Noriega got his start as a high level military leader
He Became a very successful large scale drug dealer
Noriega was arrested in April of 1992 and was convicted of Trafficking, Money Laundering, Drug trade and several other charges.
The Diary of Manuel
Today has been a rough day, The US are still attacking and everything is falling apart. They don't understand the type of power that the drug business has given me. It give me backbone I need to keep this country afloat. Panama runs off the illegal drug trade and stealing, if it weren't for that we'd be no where. However the US are after me, I'm considered a criminal and even after all the work I did for the CIA they still want to arrest me. I have to force my armed forces to fight back against the USA just so I can keep my position of power and stay out of jail. This is going to be tough