November 16, 2012

Did you know ... ?

— Having a secret compartment in your vehicle can be a crime in Georgia.

Three people in today’s arrest report were charged with the offense after Dalton police arrested them on several related violations, including drug charges.

According to Georgia Code 16-11-112, having a “false or secret compartment” in your car, motorcycle, SUV or other kind of vehicle is against the law if the purpose of the compartment is to “conceal, hide or prevent discovery by law enforcement officers” of controlled substances, other contraband or “a person concealed for an unlawful purpose.”

The penalty is one to two years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

— Staff writer Rachel Brown