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Rescued Hiker Charged with Possession

One of two hikers rescued from Trabuco Canyon in the Cleveland National Forest has recently been arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Nicolas Cendoya, 19, and his friend, 18-year-old Kyndall Jack, went missing while hiking on Easter
Sunday on what was supposed to be an easy hike, the pair were found separately sever days later. Cendoya was rescued first and Jack was rescued the next day. Each hiker told reported having suffering hallucinations and lucid dreams.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office said methamphetamine was found on or around March 31st in Cendoya’s parked car in the Cleveland National Forest. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department was searching his car looking for any information that might help them locate the two missing hikers and while they were looking in the car they found 497 mg, or a small useable amount, of methamphetamine, reports the ABC News. Investigators did not ask the hikers to submit to toxicology testing after their rescue.

Cendoya was charged with one felony count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine. If convicted, he could face up to three years behind bards. Jack is not charged at this time, according to the district attorney’s office.

Orange County officials said earlier they would not seek reimbursement for the more than $160,000 spent rescuing the hikers, but a request for an investigation to determine if the hikers set in motion a series of events in which they should be held legally and financially responsible has been made.

A criminal conviction can be costly, and serve as a permanent scar on your record. If you or a loved one has been charged with possession or sale of narcotics, it is important to find an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney to fight your charges, contact Don Ho Law today.

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Riverside and Orange County, California.

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