The FBI says all five New Mexico compound suspects are back in custody just days after they were released. Prosecutors failed to fall charges within the 10-day limit and charges were dropped against the suspects and three were released. Now, the FBI has brought federal charges including violating federal firearms and conspiracy laws.
After failing to file charges in the 10-day limit, Taos County District Attorney Donald Gallegos said Friday his office would now bring the charges before a grand jury and seek indictments relating to the death a 3-year-old boy whose remains were found at the compound. Leveille was training children including his own son to become school shooters at the compound.
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The FBI said in a statement, "The defendants, Jany Leveille, 35, a Haitian national illegally present in the United States, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Hujrah Wahhaj, 37, Subhanah Wahhaj, 35, and Lucas Morton, 40, are charged in a criminal complaint that was filed earlier today in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. The criminal complaint charges Jany Leveille with being an alien unlawfully in possession of firearms and ammunition in the District of New Mexico from Nov. 2017 through Aug. 2018."
The FBI continued, "The criminal complaint charges the other four defendants with aiding and abetting Leveille in committing the offense, and with conspiring with Leveille to commit the offense." Last Wednesday was when the charges were dropped against
Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahhaj all three of which were released from jail. Additional child abuse charges against them were dropped because prosecutors missed the 10-day limit for an evidentiary hearing that would establish probable cause.
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The five suspects were originally arrested at the compound after a monthslong search for the missing 3-year-old, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj. The occupants of the compound were described by an official as "most likely heavily armed and considered extremist of the Muslim belief." Along with the five adults, a total of 11 children were also taken into state custody from the compound. Investigators found the remains of Wahhaj buried at the compound a short time later.
The defendants are scheduled to appear in federal court in Albuquerque on Sept. 4.
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