The U.S. Army has supported the war on drugs for more than two decades. For even more analysis, hear from Author. Military intervention was made possible when legal restrictions against the use of military for law enforcement were relaxed by a series of acts of Congress during the Reagan administration. Since early 1980, military units have supported the federal, state and local authorities in operations to combat drugs. More support for military missions was given to the monitoring of air, sea, land and transit, planning and training in military tactics, joint exercises, intelligence and logistical support. In 1989, the role of the military in law enforcement in office was extended. The invasion of Panama in 1989 occurred in part because the military dictator, General Manuel Noriega, was indicted by two federal juries in Florida on drug trafficking.
Panama was a major drug routes and the military mission is vital to capture Noriega and bring him to the police for prosecution. At that time, the invasion of Panama (Operation Just Cause), was the largest of its kind of military intervention since the war in Vietnam. Over 27, 000 U.S. military participated in the conflict that has succumbed to an attack quickly, in less than ten days. After the resignation of the military, Noriega was arrested, tried and subsequently arrested in Florida. The use of the military to maintain a head of state for drug trafficking has no precedent and paved the way for greater military role in functions of the application of international law. Although drug trafficking was not the only reason for the invasion of Panama, stop the flow of illegal drugs in the U.S.