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Noriega Transferred to Alabama Due to Hurricane Damage With PM-Hurricane Andrew, Bjt

August 27, 1992

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) _ Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was transferred to a federal prison here after Hurricane Andrew heavily damaged two federal facilities in the Miami area, a prison spokeswoman said.

All of the 1,400 inmates at two federal prison facilities in Miami were moved to the Talladega Federal Correctional Institution or other federal prisons in the Southeast, said Angie Sheffer, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in Atlanta.

Noriega was escorted to the Talladega prison on Wednesday, Ms. Sheffer said. He will have a cell to himself.

The Miami Correctional Center, which holds 1,256 prisoners, was heavily damaged in the hurricane, which also destroyed a prison camp at Homestead Air Force Base. The evacuation marked the first time a federal prison has been closed by a disaster, Ms. Sheffer said.

Noriega was convicted April 9 of drug trafficking and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

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