At the age of 6 he was arrested for smuggling in illegal substances from the Dominican Republic.
^That's a pretty young smuggler.
You need to change the angle of your essay. Right now your essay basically tells me that you aren't going to become a drunk smuggler like your father was. That's not saying much for someone who is applying to college.
He apologized for not being there but he told me he now saw a man who had his eyes set on the future and wouldn't fall to the world's hardships.