This is an active investigation by both the Violent Crimes Unit and the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel (STEP) Marijuana Suppression Program.
During the investigation it was learned, the suspect (the decedent) and his partner had pulled up to the residence in a vehicle and made contact with one victim outside the residence. One suspect brandished a weapon, and then both suspects entered the residence with the victim. Additional victims were located inside. The suspects demanded items and began to look through the residence. One of the victims was able to flee the residence and alert law enforcement of the home invasion robbery.
A second victim was able to arm herself and gunshots were exchanged between the suspects and the victim outside the residence. Additional calls to law enforcement were made regarding the shots fired.
Upon arrival Deputies located the one of the suspects was wounded, transported and pronounced deceased. The decedent’s identity is not being released until next of kin have been notified. The second suspect fled on foot and is still outstanding.
During the processing of the scene the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel and Marijuana Suppression Program were called to respond. This location had been visited twice in the past regarding compliance with medicinal marijuana issues.
During the service of a search warrant at that crime scene, detectives discovered a large amount of packaged processed marijuana, many firearms including an assault rifle and a large amount of U.S. Currency. STEP detectives took over the marijuana portion of the investigation.
STEP detectives arrived at the scene and obtained an amendment to the Violent Crimes Search Warrant for marijuana and marijuana related items. Ultimately items seized by STEP detectives included 386 pounds of packaged processed marijuana, over 40 lbs of unpackaged marijuana, multiple firearms, pay/owe sheets, scales and in excess of $23,000 in U.S. Currency.
The resident of the property, Candelario Andrade Moran was found to possess a medical marijuana card and several Care Provider cards which enabled him to possess several pounds of processed marijuana. However the presence of over 400 pounds of marijuana, the pay/owe sheets, scales and large amount of currency led detectives to believe he was selling large amounts of marijuana for other than medical use. State law prohibits the outright sale of marijuana. Possession of an unregistered Assault weapon is a crime. Detectives at the scene determined the children at the residence were also being endangered by the conditions they were forced to live in.
Street value of the marijuana would be in excess of 1.6 million dollars.
Candelario Andrade Moran, age 32 of Strathmore, was charged with possession of marijuana for sale, possession of an assault weapon and child endangerment.
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Decedents information will be posted once next of kin is notified. The second subjects is still outstanding. This case is still under investigation.
(20) 187 cases for TCSO, 8 related to Marijuana
(2) 187 cases in Strathmore, both related to Marijuana
This is the first shooting death and the first death related to marijuana for TCSO jurisdiction in 2012.
On Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at approximately 1735 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office began to receive multiple 9-1-1 calls regarding a possible disturbance with shots fired.
Upon arrival deputies located a Hispanic, male adult suffering from a possible gunshot wound. The subject was transported to a local area hospital where he pronounced deceased.
Detectives from the Violent Crimes and Forensic Investigations Units responded to assist in the investigation.
Reports were taken of an additional subject, a Hispanic male adult, who may have been involved in the incident having left the scene on foot.
Additional reports have also come in that these two subjects may have been involved in other incidents that may have occurred in the area.
This case is still under investigation. As additional information is obtained and update will be issued.
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