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Selkirk Man Indicted On Drug And Money Laundering Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Jeremey VanWormer, 28, of Selkirk, was arrested this morning on federal drug trafficking and money laundering charges, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Inspector in Charge Shelly Binkowski, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division.

VanWormer is charged by indictment with one count of participating in a conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana and four counts of participating in a conspiracy to launder drug trafficking proceeds. VanWormer was arraigned today in Albany before the Honorable Randolph F. Treece, United States Magistrate Judge, and released under pretrial supervision and secured bond pending a trial scheduled for October 13, 2015 before the Honorable Mae D’Agostino, United States District Court Judge.

On the drug trafficking conspiracy charge, VanWormer faces at least 10 years of imprisonment and up to life, a maximum fine of $8 million, and a term of supervised release of 8 years to life.

On each of the money laundering conspiracy charges, VanWormer faces a maximum imprisonment term of 20 years, a maximum fine of $500,000, and a maximum term of supervised release of 3 years.

According to the indictment, VanWormer participated in a marijuana trafficking conspiracy from about January 1, 2013 to November 14, 2014, and also participated in 4 separate money laundering conspiracies during that time. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of assets, including real properties in Troy and Watervliet.

The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

Updated August 15, 2015

Drug Trafficking