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No drugs necessary: Driver arrested for having empty compartment

Civil libertarians are criticizing Ohio police for arresting a driver because his car contained a compartment that could theoretically store illegal drugs, though no drugs were found at that time.

The driver, 30-year-old Norman Gurley of Michigan, was pulled over for speeding. A highway patrolman noticed wires running to a secret compartment in the car and arrested Gurley, even though there were no drugs in the compartment. The officer also claimed he smelled marijuana in the compartment — giving him probable cause to search it — though none was ultimately discovered.

It makes no difference whether police find drugs or not, according to a new Ohio law that prohibits secret compartments.

“No person shall knowingly operate, possess, or use a vehicle with a hidden compartment with knowledge that the hidden compartment is used or intended to be used to facilitate the unlawful concealment or transportation of a controlled substance,” the law states.

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This should be a pretty simple defense

If the cops saw it in plain view, it is not hidden.
If it wasn't in plain view, they had no business searching for it.
Case closed.

Fukkit Mode

I say

I say enough is effukkin Nuff...! Not enough pigs dying these days...

What would that accomplish?

Hint: Nothing.

I predict in the near future that policeman will be one of Our closest allies. After all, they live amongst Us. Many of them realize where We are as a nation.

TPTB seem to underestimate the power of word-of-mouth communication.

Perhaps these "secret compartments"

could be filled with something to prove to law enforcement that a different and legal purpose was intended:

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

"with knowledge that the

"with knowledge that the hidden compartment is used or intended to be used to facilitate the unlawful concealment or transportation of a controlled substance"
Seems this is a pretty big part of it. How are they going to prove if you had knowledge or not? This isnt really against hidden compartments per se, but the other part makes it hard to prove anything unless they have additional evidence on you.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Many cars

come with compartments already built in. On the tailgate of the new Hyundai Veloster is a compartment that perfectly fits a rifle with scope. Do these count, I wonder?

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

It depends

Is there a Ron Paul sticker on the bumper?

Or this:

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul