Rescued hikers may have to foot search bill after drugs found

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Updated: 5/03/2013 1:50 pm Published: 5/03/2013 1:32 pm

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities said Friday that two teen hikers who were lost for several days in a California forest might have to pay for the search efforts after a small amount of drugs was found in their car. 

Officials initially said 19-year-old Nicolas Cendoya and 18-year-old Kyndall Jack wouldn't be responsible for the operation, which cost approximately $160,000. 

However, Cendoya was charged this week with drug possession because methamphetamine was allegedly found in the car the pair parked before going on the hike last month.

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