No fiction here.<quoted text>There was more than just maijuana on that barge but the US Attorney couldn't cut loose on a CIA black op. That's what protected the few guilty you mention.
And when you say alot more people got arrested than the Facianes, you've got to pay attention to this statement in the article:
"United States Attorney Joe Cage said the indictments resulted from the same Federal probe that led to the indictment of Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, Panama's leader, on drug-related charges."
Get it? NORIEGA was also indicted after this bust, and he was indicted on "drug-related charges" not just marijuana trafficking.
Ask the AG's office in DC.