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Alert Rochelle Park Police Officer Finds Secret SUV Drug Compartment

Gustavo Barco
Gustavo Barco Photo Credit: COURTESY: Rochelle Park PD

ROCHELLE PARK, N.J. -- An unregistered SUV had two electronically-controlled hidden compartments in which the driver stored pot, cocaine and heroin, said Rochelle Park police who arrested him.

Officer Ryan Burke spotted the unoccupied 2003 Ford Explorer in the Ramada Inn parking lot and discovered the expired registration Friday night, Detective Sgt. James DePreta told Daily Voice.

He found the driver -- 36-year-old Gustavo Barco of Elizabeth -- who was "extremely nervous," DePreta said.

Burke found the secret compartments after Barco consented to a search, he added.

Police seized the SUV, the drugs and about $300, the sergeant said.

Barco was processed at headquarters and released pending a court hearing.

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