Rescued OC Hiker Faces Felony Drug Charge - New York News

Rescued OC Hiker Faces Felony Drug Charge

Posted: Updated:
Santa Ana, CA -

(CNS) A 19-year-old who spent nearly four days lost in Orange County's Trabuco Canyon is facing a felony drug charge today because methamphetamine was allegedly found in his vehicle when authorities were searching for him.

Nicholas Cendoya was charged Tuesday with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, said Farrah Emami of the District Attorney's Office.

Orange County sheriff's investigators found the drug in his vehicle as they were searching it for clues of the whereabouts last month of Cendoya and his friend Kyndall Jack, 18, who has not been charged, said Gail Krause of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators on April 2 found 497 milligrams of methamphetamine in Cendoya's car, about 0.017 ounce, Emami said.

Cendoya was sent a letter notifying him of his arraignment on May 22.

The search for Cendoya and Jack cost taxpayers $160,377.81, according to Krause. Rescue workers itemized 1,907 hours in the breakdown of the cost.

The Cendoya and Jack went missing on Easter Sunday night when they became lost while hiking. Cendoya was rescued late April 3, and Jack was found the next morning.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • 2 children die in overnight NYC fire

    2 children die in overnight NYC fire

    Sunday, April 20 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-04-20 22:57:33 GMT
    Police say 4-year-old half siblings have died in an overnight fire at a home in New York City, and the twin of one of the children has survived.
    Police say 4-year-old half siblings have died in an overnight fire at a home in New York City, and the twin of one of the children has survived.
  • Woman killed in NYC home in front of 2 children

    Woman killed in NYC home in front of 2 children

    Sunday, April 20 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-04-20 21:01:11 GMT
    A woman was shot and killed inside her Ozone Park home and her husband is now under arrest. Authorities say retired NYPD officer Kevin Canty shot and killed his wife in front of their two young children in Queens Saturday morning.
    A woman was shot and killed inside her Ozone Park home and her husband is now under arrest. Authorities say retired NYPD officer Kevin Canty shot and killed his wife in front of their two young children in Queens Saturday morning.
  • Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

    Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

    New Jersey NewsNew Jersey News
    Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76.
    Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices