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New Mexico Man Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Establish ISIS Training Center in the State

A New Mexico man has been arrested for allegedly trying to establish an ISIS training center in the state.

According to a press release from the Department of Justice, Herman Leyvoune Wilson, aka Bilal Mu’Min Abdullah, 45, of Albuquerque, was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 23.

Wilson is accused of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and attempting to obstruct, influence and impede at least one official proceeding.

The indictment alleges that from January 23, 2020, to November 20, 2021, Wilson “attempted to establish an ‘Islamic State Center’ in New Mexico that would teach ISIS ideology, provide training in tactical maneuvers and martial arts, and serve as a safe haven for individuals preparing to travel and fight on behalf of ISIS in the United States and abroad.”

Additionally, Wilson allegedly ordered the destruction and concealment of records by shutting down an online platform that he was an administrator for.

The platform was used to “promote ISIS ideology, recruit others to ISIS ideology and discuss terrorist attacks in the United States and overseas.” He also used it to recruit new individuals to join the Islamic State Center he was trying to establish.

In September 2020, Kristopher Matthews and Jaylin Molina were arrested for “providing material support to ISIS.” The duo pleaded guilty and said that they had been radicalized by Wilson.

“When Matthews and Molina were arrested, Wilson allegedly instructed online platform members to destroy evidence of their use of the group. Matthews and Molina were sentenced in July 2022 to 20 years and 18 years in prison, respectively,” the press release says.

If convicted, Wilson faces up to 20 years in prison for each count.

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