OC Supervisor Claims Rescued Hikers Admitted To Using Cocaine At Trabuco Canyon

CBS Los Angeles

SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — An Orange County supervisor claims the two teens who got lost in Trabuco Canyon on Easter Sunday told authorities they used cocaine on their hike.

Todd Spitzer’s revelation comes two days after Nicolas Cendoya, 19, was charged with a felony count of possession of a controlled substance.

Sheriff’s investigators said they found 497 milligrams of methamphetamine in Cendoya’s BMW April 2 while looking for him Kyndall Jack, who both went missing in the Cleveland National Forest.

Cendoya was found April 3. Jack was discovered the next day.

Both didn’t remember much about their ordeal except vivid hallucinations of being attacked by animals.

Spitzer said the duo’s reckless behavior should mean they’re liable for the estimated $160,000 cost for the massive, days-long rescue effort. He plans on asking the court on behalf of the county that Cendoya reimburse taxpayers.

“They obviously were not using good judgment. The…

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