Temecula, Calif. - Earlier this week, U.S. Border Patrol agents eradicated 365 marijuana plants growing outdoors in a secluded canyon near Temecula, Calif.
The discovery took place on Tuesday at about 2 p.m., as agents were conducting patrol duties near De Luz Canyon, which is located in an unincorporated area near Calle La Paz. While inspecting a foot trail in the canyon that appeared to be heavily used, the agents came across the illegal plants, an irrigation system and cultivating equipment. No arrests have been made in connection with the discovery.
The eradicated plants had the potential to produce an estimated $1,277,500 worth of marijuana. The plants were ultimately turned over to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Last month, agents eradicated more than 1,000 marijuana plants from similar growing operations in Rainbow and Bonsall, Calif.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.