News out of the southwest last week sent shivers down the spines of Americans around the nation, as an alleged terrorist training camp was discovered hiding in plain sight in New Mexico.
This was not your ordinary terror camp, either. Where we would normally expect to see strapping young men of military age, we saw instead young children, some in their preteens and elementary school years, being held against their will out on the edge of the desert.
Worse yet, these young terrorists were being trained to conduct mass shootings, with a potential target having been chosen in an Atlanta-area hospital.
As if the story wasn’t scary enough, the 5 people taken into custody in connection with the site would soon see charges dropped, for some across the board.
Now, for the first time in months, it seems as though the FBI has finally taken a step in the right direction.
The FBI announced Friday that it had arrested all five New Mexico compound suspects, days after multiple charges were dropped. The suspects were now being charged with violating federal firearms and conspiracy laws.
The announcement comes after local prosecutors dropped charges in the death of a 3-year-old boy at the compound site. Taos County District Attorney Donald Gallegos said Friday his office would now seek grand jury indictments involving the death. Gallegos said seeking indictments would allow more time to gather evidence.
“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 bureau said in a statement.
“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 bureau said. “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.