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  • #90492

    pez
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    From The Dispatch

    Secret compartments could get drivers busted

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    A hidden compartment in your vehicle, with or without drugs, could mean big trouble as Ohio officials get serious about slowing down drug-smuggling.

    A proposed state law, advocated by Gov. John Kasich, would make it a fourth-degree felony to own a vehicle equipped with secret compartments. A conviction would mean up to 18 months in jail and a potential $5,000 fine.

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    Part of the new drug-interdiction strategy is legislation to be introduced by Sen. Jim Hughes, R-Columbus, that would make it a fourth-degree felony to own a vehicle that has special hidden compartments — whether or not they are found to hold drugs. Currently, there is no state law prohibiting secret compartments, frequently used for drug smuggling.

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    This is a felony, meaning you’ll likely never get a decent job unless you start your own business.

    #483410

    Twixlen
    Participant

    This is perhaps one of the more asinine & wrong-headed pieces of legislation (outside of the uterus wars) to come about lately.

    I can’t find the actual written legislation online anywhere, to get the real language of it, but from what the paper has, it will be a felony to have a subwoofer added to your vehicle.

    #483411

    cheap
    Member

    one big problem that these morons must know.

    how are they going to prove who installed the hidden compartment in the vehicle,and when it was installed?

    #483412

    cbus11
    Member

    Mixed feelings on this. A friend of mine had some issues with tenants in the Hilltop. They were selling drugs out of their apartment. One of the things they were doing was modifying a truck to run drugs (obviously for resale). From what I understand that is becoming fairly common. I would not have a problem if once caught for drugs there were additional penalties for such attempts at concealment. From what I understand it is not that easy to get a drug conviction to carry much weight in the area. I am assuming these compartments automagically put one at dealer status.

    #483413

    Buster Bluth
    Participant

    So dumb, and I actually like most of what Kasich is doing.

    Why can’t they just say that if you have drugs in your “secret compartment,” you get a much greater penalty?

    #483414
    Coremodels
    Coremodels
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    Buster Bluth said:
    So dumb, and I actually like most of what Kasich is doing.

    Why can’t they just say that if you have drugs in your “secret compartment,” you get a much greater penalty?

    Or we could just leave well enough alone, because drug laws in this country are severe enough already.

    #483415

    Buster Bluth
    Participant

    I think that’s a fine choice too. I’m 100% for the legalization of marijuana.

    #483416

    cheap
    Member

    law enforcement is worried about theIr own job security.

    the more things they make illegal,the more secure their jobs are.

    law enforcement is a business,like the US Govt.

    #483417

    News
    Participant

    Car’s secret compartment OK, if it’s for a gun
    By David Eggert
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Wednesday April 18, 2012 9:32 AM

    Gun-rights groups have successfully pushed for changes to a proposed law that would make it a crime to have a secret compartment in your vehicle. The National Rifle Association and Buckeye Firearms Association said yesterday that a new version of the legislation — advocated by Gov. John Kasich to slow down drug smuggling — no longer could cause potential problems for gun owners.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/04/18/cars-secret-compartment-ok-if-its-for-a-gun.html

    #483418

    GCrites80s
    Participant

    If it was the ’70s and ’80s the conversion van lobby would have squashed this flat.

    #483419

    Schoolboy
    Participant

    So I buy a used car. Have never taken or especially sold an illegal drug in my life.

    Yet on a random search, a cop finds a secret compartment in my vehicle that I never knew about.

    Now I’m a felon, life in shambles.

    Great idea.

    Just when Kasich actually gained a few points with me for wanting to increase the gas/oil taxes… he goes back to where I knew he belonged.

    #483420

    Buster Bluth
    Participant

    Kasich’s new law…and it’s not even a law.

    #483421
    Snarf
    Snarf
    Participant

    Schoolboy said:
    Have never taken or especially sold an illegal drug in my life.

    pshh!

    #483422

    misskitty
    Participant

    It’s bullshit is what it is.

    I don’t understand why they can’t just be happy with Their “criminal indicators” on stops. I mean their record of accomplishment for finding heavy hulls is good even when welded into steel… So good at that…….[/url]

    I would hope it’s a arguable offence in court destroying someone’s life is not a reasonable objective for this shit.

    Even the unannounced “operation shield” is a little bit shady granted they have pulled a lot of idiots off the street for a day it seems so wrong to randomly snag people like that.

    #483423
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    Buster Bluth said:
    Kasich’s new law…and it’s not even a law.

    Fixed. The OP set the subject line over a month ago.

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