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According to an affidavit filed in the case by EPD Officer Walter Tuttle, on the night of Dec. 31 Enid police were contacted by Custer County detectives concerning a juvenile girl possibly being held against her will by Espinoza. Police also were told Espinoza had two felony warrants in Custer County.

Tuttle and Officer Damon Neiswanger went to the shopping center and found the girl and Espinoza leaving a restaurant, according to the affidavit. Tuttle spoke with the girl, and she told him she had not been kidnapped and had known Espinoza for about five months.

The girl asked Tuttle if it was safe to talk to him. and he told her Espinoza had two felony warrants out of Custer County, according to the affidavit. The girl then told Tuttle she was afraid of Espinoza. She said she had been in Enid since Dec. 24 with Espinoza. She said Espinoza called her and said he had a video of her boyfriend stealing from him.

Tuttle asked the girl what her boyfriend stole, and the girl said Espinoza told her that it was money and drugs, according to the affidavit. The girl said she was curious about what proof Espinoza had, so she agreed to meet with him in Enid. Tuttle asked the girl what Espinoza was doing in Enid and she said selling drugs.

The girl told Tuttle she was staying at a motel on South Van Buren with Espinoza. She also told him there was "meth and weed" in the room in a duffel bag, according to the affidavit. Tuttle asked her how much, and the girl initially said a few ounces of meth and a gram or 2 of marijuana but later told officers there was 5 pounds of meth in the motel room.

The girl was taken to Enid Police Department and asked to write a statement. Tuttle spoke with the girl further, and she told him there were more drugs in the room, according to the affidavit. The girl also told Tuttle that Espinoza was in debt to "the cartel for $47,000." She said Espinoza told her he picked up a large amount of meth from Oklahoma City on consignment and was going to sell it to pay off the debt.

The girl told Tuttle she had been contacted by her boyfriend from the Custer County Jail and was told to meet up with Espinoza, according to the affidavit. She said she did not know Espinoza sold drugs until she saw the meth in a bag at the motel room.

The girl said she stayed with Espinoza at a motel for two days when she first arrived until Espinoza got high and accused her of stealing his clothes and some of his drugs, according to the affidavit. She said Espinoza would not let her use her phone for three days. She said they left the motel room and went to stay with a woman named Heather. She said Espinoza got mad again and kicked her out. She said Heather rented her a room at the Lazy H Motel, 1610 S. Van Buren. She said Espinoza came to stay with her at the room and had been there several nights.

Tuttle and Neiswanger found a duffle bag containing several cellophane wrapped bags of a white crystalline substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed 9.9 pounds, according to the affidavit. Officers also found a .380 handgun, a set of digital scales, the title to a 2007 Chrysler Sebring, two bags of a green leafy substance that later tested positive as marijuana, a DVR, a DVD case containing used hypodermic needles, a pipe and $9,180 cash, according to the affidavit.

Tuttle spoke with Espinoza at Garfield County Detention Facility. Espinoza told Tuttle he came to Enid because Custer County was looking for him, according to the affidavit. Espinoza said he never kidnapped the girl and denied having any involvement with the Lazy H Motel. He refused to answer any questions regarding the items found at the motel.