Adults accused of training kids at extremist compound indicted, denied bail
By Christen Smith
A federal judge detained five adults accused of training kids at an extremist compound in northern New Mexico as prosecutors build a case around firearms and conspiracy charges.
An indictment filed Sept. 11 alleges Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, Hujrah Wahhaj, Subhanah Wahhaj and Lucas Morton aided and abetted Jany Leveille — a 35-year-old Haitian national without legal status inside the U.S. — in unlawfully possessing firearms and ammunition.
Federal investigators discovered the stash of weapons at a ramshackle compound in Amalia, New Mexico during an Aug. 3 raid, where 11 children lived with the defendants in filth, according to court documents. The body of a three-year-old boy — later identified as the son of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and his estranged wife — was also found at the compound, drumming up charges of child abuse and neglect that were later dismissed.
Magistrate Judge Kirtan Khalsa said Wednesday there was “clear and convincing evidence” the defendants posed a danger to the community, according to a report from Reuters.
Leveille entered the United States in 1998 as a non-immigrant visitor, a visa with an expiration date of six months. As recently at March 2017, the United States Customs and Immigration Service approved Leveille’s employment authorization application. Her most