The luxury and legality of secret car compartments


For some drivers, the glove compartment isn’t enough — certain mechanics can install secret compartments into cars for those looking for luxury, if not something a bit more illicit. Wired covers the drug smugglers who use these hidden compartments, and the mechanics who run a lucrative business installing them. Their service can cost thousands of dollars, and the compartments they build may be completely concealed and only accessible by a complicated sequence of actions and button presses. However the business exists in a legal gray zone: depending on local laws, there may be criminal implications for an installer. Wired tells the story of one such mechanic, Alfred Anaya, whose business went too far.

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