New Mexico compound suspects face new conspiracy charges
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say five former residents of a New Mexico compound have been indicted on charges of conspiring on a plan to attack U.S. law enforcement officers and employees.
The charges in a superseding indictment Wednesday accuse the two men in the group — Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Lucas Morton — of constructing a firing range at the Taos County compound to train others for attacks that never occurred.
The men and three women living at the site were arrested following an August raid that led to the discovery of 11 hungry children living in filth.
Authorities had been searching for Wahhaj’s son, who authorities say had medical issues before he was kidnapped from his mother in Georgia and taken by the group to New Mexico. He later died at the compound.