LORAIN COUNTY, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) — An Ohio man was arrested for having a hidden compartment on his car, despite not carrying any illegal drugs or weapons.

WKYC-TV reports 30-year-old Norman Gurley was originally pulled over for speeding in Lorain County Tuesday when State Highway Patrol troopers noticed wires running to the back of his car.

“During the search, they noticed some components inside the vehicle that did not appear to be factory,” Lt. Michael Combs told WKYC.

Even though Gurley did not have any illegal drugs or weapons in the car, he was still arrested due to the state’s “hidden compartment” law, becoming the first person to be arrested under this law in the state.

The law states: “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.”

Combs says the compartment was big enough to hold several pounds of drugs.

“We apparently caught them between runs, so to speak, so this takes away one tool they have in their illegal trade,” Combs told WKYC. “The law does help us and is on our side.

Gurley was released after posting bond.


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