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.

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