Transportation plays a key role in the marijuana industry. A large number of marijuana busts happen while the weed in being transported. Suppliers send thousands of pounds of marijuana daily via semi trailers, rapper’s tour buses, submarines and school buses. This article however, is intended for personal sized amounts of lets say, one ounce or less, that gets transported in a normal passenger vehicle.
For legal purposes, I am assuming the hypothetical situation that you legally purchased some medical marijuana and are not wanting trouble from police on the drive back home. Rule number one in any situation is to always remember your rights. If an officer does not have probable cause to search your car, you have the right to refuse the search no matter how convincing the officer may seem. For our scenario, lets say you reek of marijuana and declining a search is not an option. Where are some good places to stash the stash where its not likely to be found?
5. Gas Tank Compartment
The gas tank compartment is the area inside the little door that conceals your gas cap. Depending on the make and model, you should have enough room to stash a decent amount. It’s an added bonus if your gas compartment locks. Police officers often fail to check places on the outside of the vehicle in order to focus their search inside the car.
Pros: It’s easy and straight forward. No fiddling with your car or excessive setup required.
Cons: A police K9 unit would smell your stash pretty easily. Also depending on your situation, it may seem odd to access your gas compartment when you enter and leave your vehicle.
4. Very Messy Trunk
This could also be called the “needle in the haystack” method. Its a gamble that whoever is searching your vehicle has more pressing matters than searching every wadded up piece of paper, fast food wrapper, folder, shopping bag, book, video game cartridge, dvd case, coat pocket, snot rag, jock strap, dildo, blow up doll, sock, used condom, and mitten in your trunk. (Make sure you include all these items for full effect.) For bonus points, throw in an old piece of pizza to test the officers “dedication” to the war on drugs and possibly even throw off K9s. The object is to make the officer scared of what he/she might uncover if they dig too deep.
Pros: If your trunk is already messy, then its pretty simple to implement.
Cons: Like I mentioned before, its a gamble that someone will not check every possible place. It’s also not likely to fool a K9. You will also have a dirty trunk.
3. Secret Compartment
A secret compartment is simply a part of your car that is only intended to come off when servicing the car. This involves really knowing your specific car and not making any marks or signs that show its a frequently accessed place. Sometimes a small screw driver in the glove compartment could be used as your “key” to accessing the area. Door panels, speakers, dashboard compartments, and stereo equipment are some examples of common places to use, but keep in mind, you should always find the best place for your specific car.
Pros: Almost every car has a good spot that will work for you. Officers will usually not want to cause damage to your vehicle during a routine search so there is a good success rate when care is taken while selecting a place.
Cons: You really need to know your car and find spots that nobody can easily access without prior knowledge. Its also not K9 proof.
2. Diversion Safe
A diversion safe is basically a normal house hold item that has a false compartment to hide things in. A lot of smoke shops and novelty stores carry them or you can find them online. The most common are soda cans and Pringles containers but there are many others including “fix-a-flat” bottles that are specially made to not draw attention in your vehicle. Bonus if you include your diversion safe inside your very messy trunk (see #4).
Pros: The metal container types can help reduce smell.
Cons: They may help protect against smell, but a K9 would likely still be tipped off depending on the situation. It also costs money.
1. Inside Food
This is more of a method than a place. It evolves hiding your purchase inside something such as a wrapped sandwich or taco. Fast food items are usually less conspicuous in your car. Once again, details to make everything seem normal are important. An officer would be ill advised to open up someones wrapped up sandwich or fast food during a routine search. They might look around the bag or container, but not actually touch your food.
Pros: K9 officers are likely to think their trained dog is interested in your food, not tipping them off to marijuana.
Cons: It’s not that easy to always have some fresh food around when you need it. It may or may not cost you additional money.