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On Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at around 1:30pm , the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a victim of a possible shooting at the 12700 block of Miller Avenue in Orosi. Deputies and detectives responded to the area and located one victim who had an apparent gunshot wound. One victim, a 24 year old male from Orosi, was transported to a local area hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Two other victims were present during the shooting, neither sustained any injuries, ages 26 and 20 of Orosi.


Detectives learned the three victims are cousins and were working on the interior of a vehicle in the front of a residence on Miller Avenue. Two of the victims were seated in the vehicle while one was standing outside the open passenger door. Two males wearing black mask were walking near the intersection of Claude and Miller. Both males produced handguns and fired multiple rounds toward the victims. The vehicle the victims were in was struck as was the victim standing outside the vehicle. The two male suspects fled on foot westbound on Miller Avenue.

The suspects were seen getting into a black Honda four door car with rear tinted windows. One suspect was seen wearing all black and was later identified as Victor Vizcarra Jr., a 17 year old male and known gang member. The second suspect was seen wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt.

Detectives were able to check a number of leads and locations while searching for Vizcarra Jr. On 11-15-2012, detectives responded to a location at the 39000 block of Road 172 to make contact with the homeowner and ask to search the property for Vizcarra Jr. While walking up to the house, a garage window was open and a noticeable smell was coming through the window. The Detective Sergeant, who was a prior member of the narcotics unit and certified in clandestine labs, identified the smell associated with a methamphetamine lab. He immediately secured the property and removed personnel from the area. The Sheriff’s Office Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Unit (CLEU) was notified and a search warrant for the property was obtained.

The methamphetamine that was seized was not cut with any other product. The 92 pounds seized would convert to approximately 41,730 grams. A conservative cost per gram, also known as a dose, would be approximately $80 per gram. With the amount seized, the street value of the uncut product would be conservatively $3,338,400 dollars. In most situations, the methamphetamine would be cut or mixed with another substance to double the amount of product created for sales. Should this have been done, the street value of the cut product would have been over $6.6 million dollars.

Detectives were working with the property owner regarding the methamphetamine lab. Detectives have learned the property owner had recently rented the home to Victor Meza Vizcarra Sr., age 38 of Arizona. Vizcarra Sr. is the father of Vizcarra Jr. who is wanted for the shooting that occurred on 11-14-2012. Vizcarra Sr. is wanted for the manufacturing of methamphetamine for sales and for aiding and abetting Victor Vizcarra Jr. Detectives learned Vizcarra Sr. may have assisted Vizcarra Jr. in fleeing the country.

On 11-21-2012 Detectives received information that identified the second person involved in the shooting on 11-14-2012. A search warrant was served at the 12600 block of Ira in Orosi. The suspect, a 17 year old Hispanic male from Orosi, was located and arrested for three counts of attempted homicide. The suspect is a known gang member and was booked at the Juvenile Justice Center.

Detectives are actively seeking Victor Vizcarra Jr. for attempted homicide regarding the shooting and Victor Meza Vizcarra Sr. for the manufacturing of methamphetamine for sales and for aiding and abetting Victor Vizcarra Jr. Detectives are also asking anyone with information regarding the shooting, the meth lab case or the location of either suspect to please call the Sheriff’s Office at 800-808-0488. Refer to case #12-14897.



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