The Department of Justice announced that five people who were found living in a makeshift compound in the New Mexico desert with 11 emaciated children during an August raid have been charged “with federal offenses related to terrorism, kidnapping and firearms violations."
Authorities accused Jany Leveille, 36, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Hurjah Wahhaj, 38, Subhanah Wahhaj, 36, and Lucas Morton, 41 of conspiring "to provide material support in preparation for violent attacks against federal law enforcement officers and members of the military."
The five defendants were arrested last year after authorities raided their desert compound near the New Mexico-Colorado border. Local authorities were looking for a missing three-year-old boy when they raided the compound. The child they were searching for had already died, but they managed to rescue 11 other kids who were living with the adults. Investigators also discovered a large cache of weapons, along with other material that indicated the group might have been planning terror attacks.
“The superseding indictment alleges a conspiracy to stage deadly attacks on American soil,” U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson said in a statement. “These allegations remind us of the dangers of terrorism that continue to confront our nation, and the allegation concerning the death of a young child only underscores the importance of prompt and effective intervention by law enforcement. I commend our law enforcement partners for their ongoing diligence and outstanding work in identifying and disabling imminent threats of targeted violence.”