Rescued Trabuco Teens Were On Meth

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When Orange County teens Nicholas Cendoya and Kyndall Jack went missing for five days last month in Trabuco Canyon, there were a lot of unanswered questions. Why did they wander off after calling emergency services from their car? Why didn’t they bring a map? How did the two get separated? Why were they eating dirt and hallucinating?

County officials, who are none to happy about spending $160,000 in taxpayer money on search and rescue, now know the answer to all these questions: meth.

Orange County officials confirmed that they had found a significant quantity of the drug in Cendoya’s car, which was parked at the trailhead. Jack and Cendoya admitted to police that they had just wanted to do a little cocaine before their hike. (Understandable.) They claimed to have been unaware that they were actually imbibing potent methamphetamine. “We wanted to touch the clouds,” Jack told CBS after her ordeal.

A charge of criminal drug possession was filed against Cendoya on Tuesday. He is set to appear in court on May 22.

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