Adults training kids at extremist compound face federal firearms charges
By Christen Smith
An aerial view of the New Mexico compound. (Photo: NBC News)
Five adults found living in a squalid desert compound in northern New Mexico face federal firearms and conspiracy charges, according to court documents filed last week.
A criminal complaint filed Aug. 31 accuses Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, Hujrah Wahhaj, Subhanah Wahhaj and Lucas Morton of aiding and abetting 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 compound in Amalia, New Mexico last month, 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.
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 recent attempt to apply for permanent residency was denied, according to court documents.
Leveille and Ibn Wahhaj allegedly absconded with