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      Tampered bolts, scratches lead to $336,000 in meth

      Customs & Border Protection Photo

      Tampered bolts and suspicious scratches led customs officers to seize close to $336,000 dollars in meth in a car driven by a Mission man.

      U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested Alexander Lorenzo Gil-Cruz on federal drug charges on Saturday.

      Gil-Cruz drove up to the Anzalduas International Bridge in a 2003 Ford Focus.

      Court records show that customs officers noticed Gil-Cruz had driven up in a different car just a couple weeks earlier.

      Customs officers sent him to secondary inspection where they found tampered bolts and suspicious scratches.

      Authorities allegedly found 21 bundles with 22.3 pounds of meth hidden inside the firewalls of his car.

      Gil-Cruz appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby in McAllen on Monday morning.

      Court records show that Gil-Cruz is a Cuban national living in Mission.

      Judge Ormbsy denied bond for Gil-Cruz until a Thursday morning hearing.