A New Mexico man was reportedly trying to establish an ISIS “safe haven” in a southern border state in the United States, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said.
On Friday, 45-year-old Herman Leyvoune Wilson, aka Bilal Mu’Min Abdullah was locked up for “allegedly attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, and attempting to obstruct, influence and impede at leader one official proceeding,” a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release read.
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.”
The DOJ also charged Wilson with attempting to obstruct, influence, and impede an official proceeding for allegedly shutting down an online platform to destroy and conceal records. Wilson allegedly used the platform to promote ISIS ideology and recruit others to join ISIS and come to the center he allegedly attempted to establish in New Mexico.
Two Texas men were arrested in September 2020, Kristopher Matthews and Jaylin Molina, who have pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to ISIS, said Wilson radicalized them and “that without Wilson’s influence, they would never have committed the crimes.”
According to reports, if convicted, Wilson faces up to 20 years in prison for each count.