The FBI arrests 5 citizens of New Mexico compound
The federal indictment charges them with violating federal firearms and conspiracy laws.
The FBI on Friday announced that it has arrested all five of the New Mexico compound of suspects, just a few days after charges were dropped against those involved. The defendants were accused of violating federal firearms and conspiracy laws.
The announcement comes as local prosecutors dropped charges in the death of a 3-year-old boy in the house. Taos County District Attorney Donald Gallegos said Friday his office will seek grand jury indictments in which the death. Gallegos said, looking to the charges will be more time to gather evidence.
“The defendants, Jany Leveille, 35, a Haitian national illegally in the United States, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Hujrah Wahhaj, 37, Subhanah Wahhaj, 35, and Luke Morton, 40, are charged in a criminal complaint that was filed earlier today in U. S. District Court for the District of New Mexico,” the agency said in a statement.
“The indictment of Jany Leveille with a stranger who unlawfully is in possession of firearms and ammunition in the District of New Mexico, Nov. 2017 Aug. 2018,” the agency said. “The charges against the other four defendants with aiding and abetting Leveille in committing the violation, and with conspiring with Leveille to commit the offense.”
On Wednesday, three of the suspects were released, just hours after a judge dismissed all of the allegations against them.
District court judge Emilio Chavez on Wednesday dismissed against Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahhaj, the ruling that the government violated the state’s “10-day rule.”
Child abuse against them were dropped, because the plaintiffs missed the 10-day limit to request hearing to establish probable cause.
During a separate hearing Wednesday, Judge Jeff McElroy dismissed the same charges against other accused, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Jany Leveille.
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The five suspects were arrested by the authorities after an Aug. 3 raid-after months of searching investigation into the disappearance of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, a 3-year-old boy with severe medical problems who went missing from Georgia in December. The residents of the compound were “probably heavily armed and is considered an extremist Muslim faith,” an official said at the time.
Taos County Sheriff’s deputies found 11 children at the compound who were taken into the custody of state child-welfare workers. On Aug. 6, a child’s remains were found on the premises.
Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was allegedly training children to commit shootings in schools, according to the prosecutor, who later claimed that the boy’s were taught in the use of firearms, as well as the tactical techniques, in order to kill teachers, police and justice and other institutions which they found corrupt.
Health officials confirmed earlier this month that the discovered remains positively identified as 3-year-old.
The FBI said that they arrested all the five suspects without incident on Friday afternoon in Taos.
Leveille faced with a statutory maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment and deportation after the completion of her sentence, if convicted, according to the bureau.
For a conviction of aiding and abetting Leveille, Leveille, the co-defendants each face a statutory maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment. If convicted on the conspiracy charges, meanwhile, the five each face a statutory penalty of five years in prison.
All five suspects are scheduled to appear in federal court in Albuquerque on Sept. 4.
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