All five of the New Mexico compound suspects have now been indicted by a federal grand jury and were arraigned on Wednesday on firearms and conspiracy charges. The suspects who were suspected of plotting terrorists attacks had charges dropped by the state but then were rearrested by the FBI last week.
From Fox News:
The indictment charged the suspects –- Jany Leveille, 35, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Hujrah Wahhaj, 37, Subhanah Wahhaj, 35, and Lucas Morton, 40 – “with conspiring knowingly to provide an alien illegally and unlawfully in the United States, possession of firearms and ammunition,” a news release from the District of New Mexico’s U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Leveille, a Haitian national who was in the U.S. illegally, was also accused of possession of firearms and ammunition, the news release said.
The defendants also faced charges of conspiracy for trying to secure weapons and ammunition for Leveille since at least November and trafficking them from Georgia to New Mexico.
The indictment also dealt with the alleged plotting of terrorist attacks.
“The indictment further alleges that, between December 2017 and August 2018, the defendants established a training camp and firing range in Taos County, where they stored firearms and ammunition and engaged in firearms and tactical training as part of their common plan to prepare for violent attacks on government, military, educational, and financial institutions,” the news release said.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 12, 2018
The suspects had initially been arrested by local New Meixco authorities after a search for a missing child uncovered 11 children allegedly starving and in rags at the compound.
A judge initially sparked outrage by granting the defendants bond.
The state authorities had initially charged the suspects with child abuse charges but those charges were dismissed after the prosecutors failed to comply with the state’s requirement to present probable cause within 10 days.
That created renewed concern until the FBI arrested the suspects.
The authorities found the body of the missing child in the compound. He had been abducted from his mother in Georgia according to police reports. According to other children in the compound, the boy died during a “ritual.”
The other children also reported that they had been trained with firearms and tactical techniques in preparation of potentially shooting teachers, law enforcement and other institutions that they found corrupt.
One of the boys reported that they were being trained for “jihad” against “non-believers.”
There were also reports that there was a plan to attack Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.