Ohio police arrested 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.
Gurley didn’t transport drugs, but he mighta, coulda, woulda. We think.
That’s OK. We weren’t using the Fourth Amendment anyway.