According to The Blaze, any vehicle with a hidden compartment is illegal under Ohio state law. Possession of such a vehicle is now a felony in the Buckeye State.
The rationale behind the legislation is that the compartments, called “traps,” make it easier for criminals to transport narcotics and munitions concealed from police searches during traffic stops.
Now, State Troopers have made their first arrest under the auspices of the brand new law – 30 year-old Norman Gurley was arrested for speeding, but; he also faces felony charges simply for driving a truck with a trap.
It should be noted, however, the troopers didn’t find any drugs or weapons on Gurley’s person or hidden in his truck.
State Highway Patrol Lt., Michael Combs, described the vehicle’s hidden compartment, stating:
“The ‘hide’ on Gurley’s vehicle was accessed electronically, meaning you needed to perform a series of events in the correct order, and the false floor seats or taillights would then pop out, revealing the secret compartment.”
The Lt. justified the arrest despite finding no traces of illegal drugs or weapons, by stating:
“We apparently caught them between runs, so to speak, so this takes away one tool they have in their illegal trade. The law does help us and [it] is on our side.”
Here’s how local media covered the incident:
- See more at: LibertyNEWS.com – Video Report: Ohio State Troopers Make Their First Arrest Using New State Law that Says Any Vehicle with a Hidden Compartment is Illegal