Joined Oct 4 2009
Westville, New York
I'm Larry's cousin Pat.
Larry and I took Karate together over 35 years ago in Malone, New York under Sensei Tony Zeno. Larry continued, however, I stopped after a year and a half.
I recently retired last October 31, 2008 (mandatory retirement at age 57 for law enforcement) after having spent 30 years with the U.S. Border Patrol. I spent 10 years on the Tijuana border and 20 in my home town of Malone.
What karate training I received, as well as the training from the Border Patrol, has been effectively utilized thoughout my career dealing with drug users, dealers, and alien smugglers on the southern and northern borders.
My career on the northern border has connected me with many individuals, most notedly, my involvement with a Colombian terrorist ring; the leader being arrested in the Malone area. People connected with the terrorist organization Hezbolla; 2 professional Israeli Assasins smuggling $2,000,000.00 worth of ecstasy through the Malone area; a major drug bust in the Malone area (the guy happened to be my neighbor); as well as a professional hockey player smuggling drugs through the Malone area.
Needless to say, my past training has kept me safe throughout an interesting career. (a 40 cal. helps also)
I even arrested a Russian in the Malone area who practiced Kyokushinkai back in Russia. He was prosecuted for illegally entering the U.S. I wrote about this escapade on Mas Oyama's website a few years ago.