New Mexico: Kin of infamous imam arrested – 11 children found abused, starving at heavily-armed Islamic compound

Source: More arrests follow Taos-area compound raid | Local News | santafenewmexican.com

AMALIA — Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said arrest warrants charging 11 counts of child abuse have been served on all five adults in connection with alleged neglect and abuse of 11 children found Friday during the raid of a remote compound in Northern New Mexico.

Two men — Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Lucas Morton — were served with the warrants while in custody at the Taos Adult Detention Center.

Three women who law enforcement officials believe are the mothers of the 11 children — Jany Leveille, 35, Hujrah Wahhaj, 38, and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35 — were arrested without incident in Taos and booked in the jail.

“I believed this would most likely be the path that we would take and stand by my original decision to bring charges after CYFD [Children, Youth and Families Department] investigators had an opportunity to conduct their independent investigation, which included interviews and obtaining information such as health and medical needs of the children from the three mothers,” Hogrefe said in a statement issued late Sunday.

The case gained national attention over the weekend, but for some time, the lives of 16 people seemed hidden behind a wall of tires in this tiny town just a few miles from the Colorado border. That ended Friday, when a team of law enforcement officers made its way past a “no trespassing” sign, arrested Wahhaj and Morton, detained the women and placed 11 children into protective custody.

But one child could not be found: Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, a toddler who was reported missing from his Georgia home by his mother on Dec. 10, 2017.

Hogrefe said the search of the Amalia dwelling was the result of a two-month investigation conducted with the FBI and Clayton County (Ga.) Police Department into the whereabouts of the boy, who turned 4 on Aug. 6.

According to Clayton County Police, the toddler suffers from seizures, developmental and cognitive delays and is unable to walk due to suffering hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy at birth.

While the boy was not among the children the state Children, Youth and Families Department took into protective custody on Friday, law enforcement officials arrested the child’s father, Wahhaj, 40, accusing him of abducting the toddler. Another man who lived at the property, Morton, also 40, was arrested on charges of harboring the accused fugitive.

Wahhaj may be related Siraj Wahhaj, a well-known Muslim imam of the Masjid Al-Taqwa Mosque in Brooklyn, N.Y. A Facebook page claiming to be that of the imam had several posts in January related to the disappearance of the family.

One posted Jan 4 reads: “Dear Brothers and Sisters, please make duas for the safe return of my children and grandchildren; Siraj, Hujrah, Subhanah Wahhaj, son in law Luqman (Lucas) Morton, and daughter in law Maryam (Jany) Leveille and their children (my 12 grandchildren). We believe they may be traveling together. If you have any information or knows their whereabouts please call the Clayton County Police Department.”

The Taos News could not confirm the relationship between Wahhaj and the imam Sunday. Reached by phone in New York, another relative, Sadiqa A. Wahhaj, confirmed the little boy who is still missing is her nephew. She declined to comment on the relationship between Imam Wahhaj and the man arrested Friday.

“I am not in a position to comment at this time,” she said. “As you can imagine this is a difficult time for our family.”

According to Clayton County police, the toddler and his father were seen Dec. 13 traveling with two adults and five children in Alabama, when they were involved in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 65. The Alabama officer who talked to the group after the accident said they “indicated that they were traveling to New Mexico for a camping trip.”

The group was picked up in a 2006 Ford box truck. Police told local media the Delaware license plate was registered to Lucas Allen Morton of Atlanta.

Seven months ago, a woman who said she is the boy’s mother, Hakima Ramzi, made a plea via a Facebook video, asking people to help find her son.

It was unknown why Wahhaj traveled to New Mexico, but there is evidence that the group encountered its first difficulties in June, when a landlord tenant restitution case was filed against Morton in Taos Magistrate Court.

The property leased in the sparsely populated Costilla Meadows subdivision a couple of miles from the Colorado border bears a resemblance to a partially built “earthship” — an ecologically designed structure made popular in Northern New Mexico. A wall made of glass bottles bound by mud marked the entrance to the property.

A white box truck was still parked on the property Sunday. Tarps flapped across covered spaces behind the wall of tires stacked in a half circle around the property’s perimeter, which contains a partially buried travel trailer, an earthen berm and other smaller structures.

A neighbor, who agreed to interview on the condition of anonymity, said he knew all 16 people who lived at the dwelling, and felt “disgusted” following the arrests and detainments on Friday.

“We’ve lived out here for four years,” he said. “Out of all the people that come out here, those were the most kindest people I’ve ever met in my life.”

The neighbor added that he would make a weekly trip with the family to get food and water, and believed the children were well cared for.

But reports from law enforcement hint at something amiss at the compound.

While Hogrefe said in a news release that the FBI “didn’t feel there was enough probable cause” to enter the property, the sheriff said “that all changed” for him when a Clayton County Police Detective relayed a distress message believed to have come from within the compound.

“We are starving and need food and water,” Hogrefe said the message read.

Hogrefe said he thought it was enough to obtain a search warrant, form a multiagency tactical team and make entry onto the property.

“I absolutely knew that we couldn’t wait on another agency to step up and we had to go check this out as soon as possible, so I began working on a search warrant right after I got that intercepted message,” he said in a statement.

Hogrefe said Wahhaj and Morton both initially refused to follow verbal commands given by officers. Wahhaj also was “heavily armed with an AR15 rifle, five loaded 30 round magazines, and four loaded pistols, including one in his pocket when he was taken down,” according to the news release.

The sheriff described the conditions at the property as “filthy” and said its residents were poorly clothed, without shoes, and appeared to have had access to a limited food supply, consisting of “a few potatoes and a box of rice.”


In the video at this link, an analyst said law enforcement sources close to the investigation confirmed it was an Islamic compound : Moms arrested after 11 children found in ‘filthy’ New Mexico compound with armed Muslim ‘extremists,’ cops say

Hogrefe said they found the “occupants were most likely heavily armed and considered extremist of the Muslim belief.”


Siraj Wahhaj is the jihad-preaching imam we’ve warned about for years and is also Linda Sarsour’s mentor, whom she recently asked to support the Muslim Brotherhood-linked candidate for governor in Michigan.

18 thoughts on “New Mexico: Kin of infamous imam arrested – 11 children found abused, starving at heavily-armed Islamic compound

  1. Should have bee a WACO style action. We can be sure that the 11 children were all welfare recipients. Islam considers its women and children as weapons and ammunition in the war on Western Civilization.
    If we were a kind and sane nation the entire lot would be euthenized.

  2. HERE IS THE SPEECH:
    “How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.

    The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensual-ism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
    Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.

  3. Murderous evil animals since the 7th century! They are always followed by death and devolution of the existing society! Anyone that denies this is a fool or a traitor to civilization!

  4. One of many, people if you see something report it, silence only gives Islam a free pass to continue its silent jihad against America. It’s time to do a search of all mosques from top to bottom, find any hidden pathways and or rooms and destroy the mosques if anything is found.

  5. This is oooh sooo typical of these predatory false cults!!! Go to any religious teaching where they deify their false leader and this is what you’ll find–whether the 7th century mohammed or Adolf Hitler or Jim Jones or David Koresh or Elijah Mohammed from the 1960’s–they all deify their alleged FALSE “prophets” and they destroy and sexually abuse their women and children!!!! True Christianity is just the opposite!!! Christ forgave men and women of their sexual sins and welcomed the little children to come unto Him! That’s why Christ truly is the Way, the Truth and the Life…..

  6. The costs of investigating and prosecuting this criminal enterprise, and also for treating and deprogramming the children, should be levied from the imams whose evil propaganda inspired these half-wits. Oh and no hiding assets either.

    • 1. I doubt gov’t agencies were assisting.
      2. A lot of muslims wishing harm to the USA have access to foreign funding. Many radical elements have a lot of wealth. My concern is the number of other sites similar to this one exists. I live close to a small eastern Tn. town and I saw 2 women in hajibs with 3 children under 8 yrs. old. I’ve only lived in the area for 1 yr., but never seen muslims in the area. Just odd.
      3. Where do you deport them to?

    • Yeah, I think I get your gist… if you mean, ‘how many of them are on food stamps and on gov’t welfare’, my guess would be, ALL of them!!! And as for the arsenal of weapons, well… I’d say ALL muzzrats have “meat to eat, that ye know not of”!!!!! Trouble is, thousands, if not millions, of them sneak in here under the radar, so how do you begin to deport them???

  7. This is a fear group just the word Muslim stirs feelings of fear. I can’t imagine the dedication these people have to there ideology. Shouldn’t we feel the same way for our country and stop looking the other way. The creeping into our government, schools, neighborhoods and bring with them there hate and progress of taking over.

    WAKE UP! AMERICA PUT STOP to this. The Obama, Hillary, Soros hate team want to take over in a evil way.

  8. Pingback: New York: Muslim caught with weapons cache en route to Islamic compound gets light sentence | Creeping Sharia

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