CLEVELAND -- Drug smugglers are getting creative, and, according to state troopers, their business often brings them through Ohio.
Turns out, Northeast Ohio is perfectly situated if you want to move drugs from east to west or north to south, which is one reason drug busts are at a new high.
And because these smugglers are hiding in plain sight, Lt. Antonio Matos with the State Highway Patrol is asking for your help.
"We can't do it alone," he said. "We need the community involved, and when they get involved, they're another set of eyes out there for us."
Matos wants you to look for suspicious vehicles known as "trap cars."
Trap cars use hidden compartments to stash all sorts of contraband.
The "hides" can be under seats, in air bag cavities, in bumpers, in false floors or false walls.
"You're always impressed and it's kind of like fashion, things continuously change," says Matos.
You know what else is changing? Take a look at the number of drug arrests Ohio State troopers are making every year, and you'll notice a pattern.
In 2011, they made 6,000 drug arrests. In 2012, that number jumped to 7,600.
And so far this year, that number is already at 6,400.
Matos says he expects that number to climb to 8,000.
What's behind the trend? State troopers have stepped up their training and they know exactly what to look for.
And next time you're on these roads, they want you to know what to look for, too, so that drug smugglers, intent on bringing their contraband into Northeast Ohio, hear this message loud and clear: "Your time is coming. It's not just us, but understanding that they community is out there watching too," says Matos.