Selkirk man claims his innocence after federal agents raid his home

SELKIRK, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Selkirk man said he’s been wrongly accused of planning to traffic drugs and then launder the money.

Jeremey VanWormer is facing serious federal charges following a raid on his home and his mother’s home early Thursday morning.

He said federal agents did not find drugs or money in his home, and he said he is cooperating with the investigation. He also claims he is innocent.

“There was, I don’t know how many agents, at my door ready to break it down and banging and screaming,” VanWormer’s mother said.

She said she was shocked when the agents came to her home.

“I opened the door to guns in my face and being screamed at,” she said.

Next, agents went to her son’s home a few doors down. The 28-year old said agents wen from room to room searching, but he said they only removed his computer, two cell phones and business records.

VanWormer’s mother said she knew her son was under investigation.

“I had nothing to do with this prior investigation,” she said. “I have done nothing wrong. There was nothing found in my house.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said VanWormer participated in a conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana and conspired to launder drug trafficking proceeds.

In a statement VanWormer said:

“I have been aware of this investigation since November 2014. I have been cooperating with the federal government providing any paper work, documents, bank statements, and tax returns. I don’t understand why they raided my house when I would have turned myself in or provided anything they wanted from my house.”

VanWormer’s mother said agents took financial documents, a PlayStation, her other son’s California license, and real estate documents from her home.

“I want people to know that they’ve destroyed our reputation in this neighborhood, and I have done nothing. Absolutely nothing,” she said. “I don’t do drugs. Don’t have drugs in my house and never have, and I was terrifying.”

VanWormer said he has been arrested for drugs in the past.

In a statement he said, “In 2009 I was arrested by DEA for possession of marijuana. In 2011 I was sentenced to three and a half years in prison. I got out on parole in December of 2013.”

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