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The FBI arrested residents of New Mexico after being released earlier this week



The FBI accused five former residents of a dilapidated property in New Mexico of committing gunnails after three of them were released earlier this week.

Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahhaj – the sisters are – were arrested for arms sales, authorities said. Even Jany Leveille and Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, who had not been released, were indicted by the FBI. Leveille, who is from Haiti and lives illegally in the US, was charged with "being illegally in possession of firearms and ammunition from November 2017 to August 2018 in the New Mexico district."

The other four were charged with allegations of aiding Leveille, according to a FBI release.

  This Aug. 29,2018, file photo, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, from left, and Jany Leveille with attorneys Kelly Golightley and Tom Clark following a hearing on an application for release in the Taos County Courthouse. The Associated Press
In this Aug. 29,2018, file photo, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, from left, and Jany Leveille with attorneys Kelly Golightley and Tom Clark following a hearing on an application for release in the Taos County Courthouse speak.

The five adults were originally arrested on 3 August when the Taos County Sheriff's Office stormed their facility in northern New Mexico and found 11 children in a filthy, dilapidated caravan buried in dirt and surrounded by tire and clay barricades , The facility had no running water and electricity, and officials found 11 rifles, including an AR-15 style rifle and four handguns, as well as ammunition dumps.

In addition to the 11 children, a search of the site led to the discovery of remnants of the 3-year-old son of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj. He and Leveille, his partner, were charged with child abuse that led to death. However, these charges were dropped earlier on Friday as the case was forwarded to a grand jury for indictments in May this year, said Donald Gallegos, Taos County District Attorney.

  In this August 13, 2018, the file-photo defendant Siraj Ibn Wahhaj sits in court in a courtroom during a detention in Taos, New Mexico. AP
In this August 13, 2018, the defendant has Siraj Ibn Wahhaj sits in court in Taos, New Mexico, during a detention hearing.

The grand jury's indictment will allow prosecutors to build a better case and avoid another 10-day deadline, he said.

A judge ruled Wednesday that Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Wahha could not stay in custody for allegations of child neglect, as prosecutors missed a 10-day deadline to determine a probable cause for the negligence charges.

"I do not know if they are overloaded or do not have enough people in their office I do not see the district attorney here nor the supreme deputy district attorney, but it worries me that the district The attorney would put this court in such a situation bring, "said Judge Jeff McCelroy on Wednesday.
[August 10, 2018] This August 10, 2018, file photo shows a makeshift compound in the desert area of ​​Amalia, NM “/> AP

This August 10, 2018, file photo shows a makeshift compound in the desert of Amalia, NM

The five are scheduled to appear in court on September 4.

The maximum penalty for Leville's possession of firearms is 10 years in prison, after which she would be deported, FBI officials said. The other four people face imprisonment of up to five years for conspiracy.

Prosecutors accuse Siraj Ibn Wahhaj of encouraging children to take school shootings with a shooting range installed on the site.


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