U.S. Department of Defense
1988: Gen. Manuel Noriega, the military leader of Panama, is indicted in the United States on drug smuggling and money laundering charges. The U.S. would end up sending troops into Panama on Dec. 20, 1989, to overthrow Noriega's government in a mission code-named Operation Just Cause. Noriega remained at large for several days before surrendering on Jan. 3, 1990. He was then immediately flown to the United States, where he was tried and convicted on eight counts of drug trafficking, racketeering and money laundering.