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Costilla Co. Undersheriff arrested for allegedly violating CO wildlife laws

COSTILLA COUNTY, Colo. - A Costilla County Undersheriff has been arrested and is reportedly facing charges for violating state wildlife laws. 

Andrew Espinoza was taken into custody on Friday, December 16.

He was arrested by the 12th Judicial District Attorney Office in Alamaso County. 

A search warrant was also served on his residence in Blanca County by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. 

Our news partners at the Pueblo Chieftain reported that the Costilla County Undersheriff is facing six charges for violating state wildlife laws while guiding hunters as part of his outfitting business.

Espinoza faces felony charges for the illegal sale of wildlife and tampering with physical evidence and misdemeanor charges for illegal possession of wildlife, official misconduct, illegal use of electronic equipment in furtherance of a crime and complicity in hunting without a proper and valid license.

The Costilla County Sheriff’s Office has placed Espinoza on administrative leave without pay, Sgt. Ricky Rodriguez told the Chieftain.

For more on this story, visit the Pueblo Chieftain's website

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