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Grand jury indicts NM compound defendants on federal charges

Defendants had allegedly established 'training ground' to prepare for 'violent attacks'

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 9/11/18

A federal grand jury in Albuquerque indicted Jany Leveille, 35, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Hujrah Wahhaj, 37, Subhannah Wahhaj, 35, and Lucas Morton on firearms and conspiracy charges Tuesday (Sept. 11), …

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Amalia compound

Grand jury indicts NM compound defendants on federal charges

Defendants had allegedly established 'training ground' to prepare for 'violent attacks'

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A grand jury in Albuquerque indicted Jany Leveille, 35, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Hujrah Wahhaj, 37, Subhannah Wahhaj, 35, and Lucas Morton, 40, on federal charges Tuesday (Sept. 11), according to an announcement from U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson and Special Agent in Charge James C. Langenberg of the FBI's Albuquerque Division.

Leveille, a Haitian immigrant living in the United States without documentation, was indicted for transporting firearms and ammunition from Georgia to Northern New Mexico in December 2017.

The other defendants are accused of aiding Leveille in committing the crimes.

The indictment also alleges that Leveille and her co-defendants established a "training camp and firing range" at the compound, where 11 children were found living and a 12th child – the 3-year-old son of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj – was found dead Aug. 6.

The grand jury further alleged that the adults were engaged in firearms and tactical training in preparation for "violent attacks on government, military, educational, and financial institutions."

The five will appear in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque Wednesday at 1 p.m. to be arraigned on the charges and for a detention hearing, which will determine whether they will be held in jail as their cases are prosecuted.

If convicted, each defendant faces a statutory maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.

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