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Household Items Become Secret Storage For Drugs

"It looks like Rave hair spray, but when you spray it, nothing comes out. But when you look inside..." Spiers said as he held one of the secret drug containers up.

It's empty -- a perfect place to store drugs.

"It looks like the real deal." Spiers said.

But it's not. And neither are these soda cans, or this degreaser. The Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County frequently cleans up the streets with operations and traffic stops. And they're seeing suspected drug dealers getting more creative all the time. 

"To look at it and pick it up, you wouldn't know unless you knew the signs and what to check,"

The internet has made it even easier for people to hide drugs. This website is just one of several I found that make concealing a a stash just a click away.

"It doesn't make our job easier, but it makes theirs easier. I guess supply and demand," Spiers said.

These containers just hold a few ounces. It's vehicles that hold much larger amounts.

"You're going to look for false walls, areas where parts are easily removed," Spiers said.  

The Task Force recently seized a car and discovered with the touch of a few buttons, a hidden compartment emerged containing six pounds of cocaine.  

"Enough to get you 30 years in prison. That's the chance that they take sometimes. If they're willing to take the chance, we're willing to adapt and try to find those things they're doing," Spiers said.

And what police may have missed before, is no longer a surprise.

"They may think they have a secret but that secret will only stay a secret for so long. One way or another, we'll find out what they're doing and how they're doing it," Spiers said.

Commander Spiers says this can also be a warning to parents. If you notice odd items like a warm soda can that hasn't been opened in your child's room, it could be one of these secret compartments.

By Keli Rabon

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