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FBI arrest five Muslim extremists tied to New Mexico compound for weapons offenses

September 2, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
FBI arrest five Muslim extremists tied to New Mexico compound for weapons offenses

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FBI arrest five Muslim extremists tied to New Mexico compound for weapons offenses

Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. — The FBI on Friday arrested five former residents of a ramshackle New Mexico compound on firearms and conspiracy charges as local prosecutors dropped charges in the death of a 3-year-old boy at the property.

Taos County District Attorney Donald Gallegos said his office will now seek grand jury indictments involving the death.

He said seeking indictments will allow more time to gather and analyze evidence and enable his office to avoid calling juveniles from the compound as witnesses in court.

Siraj Wahhaj (Taos County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Three of the adults from the compound had been released Wednesday after state judges dismissed child neglect charges, noting that prosecutors missed deadlines to present evidence and that charges may have been improperly filed by the sheriff and prosecutors.

Deadlines loomed in state court next week to show evidence backing up charges of child abuse resulting in death against Jany Leveille and Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the father of the boy whose body was found in an underground tunnel at the compound near the Colorado border.

Those charges were subsequently dropped Friday in lieu of taking the case to a grand jury set to convene in late September.

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