GALVESTON — Fingerprints lifted by a Galveston lawman from a marijuana-laden shrimp boat ultimately led to a three-year investigation that resulted in the federal indictment and drug trafficking conviction of a Panamanian dictator.
As Sheriff Freddie Poor prepared for retirement, he recently reflected on his storied 45-year law enforcement career and the notable cases he worked, including his roles in the downfall of Gen. Manuel Noriega and the apprehension of a serial rapist.
Poor, 65, began his career in 1967 as a patrolman with the Galveston Police Department. He worked for 17 years as a crime scene investigator and became police chief in 1989. His retirement in 1993 lasted two months until he went to work for the sheriff’s office. Voters elected Poor as sheriff in 2008. He decided to retire this year.