Supervisory Criminal Investigator/Supervisory Special Agent, Department of Homeland Security/Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Raymond Strack retired in January 2010 from the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a Supervisory Criminal Investigator/ Supervisory Special Agent. He began his Federal Law Enforcement career as a Customs Patrol Officer in 1983 in New York City, and spent a majority of his early career as a Customs Special Agent at JFK Airport. It was while working at JFK that he began to understand the enormity and futility of the war on drugs, participating in the arrests of a continuous parade of drug couriers, themselves pawns in the international drug trade.
From 1992 until retirement, Raymond served in numerous managerial and supervisory positions for both the US Customs Service and then the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement following the inception of the Department of Homeland Security in 2003. As Assistant Attaché for DHS in the US Embassy in Tokyo, Raymond was in a position of direct liaison to the Government of Japan during the negotiations and implementation of numerous bi-lateral programs and initiatives. As a Supervisory Special Agent, he acted as the National Marine Coordinator for the Office of the Special Agent In Charge, Miami, and in this position was direct supervisor for the US Customs Service Marine Group in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
During this stage in his career Raymond witnessed the enormity, danger and impossibility of interdicting ocean borne narcotics from the United States. Throughout the course of his career he served as both a working agent and manager in the US Customs Office of Internal Affairs, and during that time he witnessed the ruination of the lives numerous Federal Agents who themselves succumbed to drug addiction and abuse. Raymond resides in South Florida, supporting several non-profit organizations and biking in his spare time.