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Police Overkill (Florida woman arrested after buying allergy medicine)
Courthouse News Service ^ | July 23, 2014 | Marimer Matos

Posted on 07/31/2014 1:14:29 PM PDT by FBD

TALLAHASSEE (CN) - Florida sheriff's officers falsely arrested and imprisoned a woman with allergies for buying two boxes of Sudafed at a drug store, she claims in Federal Court.   

  Mickey Lynn Goodson claims she bought the two boxes of the over-the-counter drug because the pharmacist recommended it. She sued Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young and the two officers who arrested her, Rodney Moore and William Buckhalt.     

Charges of possession of a controlled substance were eventually dropped, Goodson says in the July 18 complaint.     

In July 2010, Goodson says, she went to a Winn-Dixie store to get Sudafed "because she has allergy flare-ups." Sudafed contains pseudoephedrine, which can be used as a precursor chemical in some recipes for methamphetamines.     

"The pharmacist on duty suggested that plaintiff buy two boxes of Sudafed and she did," the complaint states.   

  "Almost immediately," defendant Officer Moore drove up in an unmarked police car, Goodson says. Moore blocked her and her husband's car, prevented them from leaving, and asked if she had just bought Sudafed... (snip) 

 Defendant Buckhalt arrived, with other deputies, and searched the Goodsons' car. They were taken to a sheriff's station, where Buckhalt asked if he could search their home. The Goodson said no, "unless there was a search warrant...

Plaintiff was arrested on her front porch after Buckhalt obtained a search warrant on false and misleading statements and evidence," the complaint states. "Later, when an Order Granting Motion to Suppress was entered suppressing all evidence received pursuant to the search warrant, the Judge stated that 'had the magistrate been aware of the omission [of critical evidence and facts in the documents signed by Buckhalt to obtain the search warrant] he would not have found sufficient probable cause for issuance of a warrant." (Brackets in complaint.)     All charges against her were dropped...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: donutwatch; jbta; mickeylynngoodson; rodneymoore; wod; wosd
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Another brilliant *WIN* for the "War On Drugs", which in reality, is a war on people's liberties.
1 posted on 07/31/2014 1:14:29 PM PDT by FBD
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To: null and void; bamahead

JBT Ping


2 posted on 07/31/2014 1:17:18 PM PDT by FBD
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To: FBD

How much meth can you make with 2 boxes of Sudafed anyway?


3 posted on 07/31/2014 1:18:59 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyranni)
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To: FBD

I could be wrong but I think Gadsden County is the only county in Florida with a majority Black population.


4 posted on 07/31/2014 1:19:08 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: FBD

They don’t bother arresting the real criminals. Too dangerous. Crooks carry guns. Crooks have good lawyers. Crooks get away with crimes. Crooks are minorities, and evoke sympathy.

MUCH easier to arrest honest, law-abiding citizens. They don’t squawk. They don’t have guns. They don’t know how to fight a corrupt legal system. Gets the arrest numbers up. Good statistics mean regular raises.


5 posted on 07/31/2014 1:21:10 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: FBD

Maybe it’s time to start calling them what they are:
Terrorists with Tin.
They do some crap like this to take the attention away from the fact that they aren’t going after the real druggies who have paid them off or scared them off.


6 posted on 07/31/2014 1:22:01 PM PDT by jim999
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To: FBD
Buckhalt obtained a search warrant on false and misleading statements....

catch-all excuse to arrest and harass without probable cause

7 posted on 07/31/2014 1:22:19 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: FBD

So did the druggist call the cops? How did the cops know about the purchase?


8 posted on 07/31/2014 1:22:35 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: FBD

I thought criticism of police was banned from being posted on Free Republic?


9 posted on 07/31/2014 1:26:21 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: FBD
"The pharmacist on duty suggested that plaintiff buy two boxes of Sudafed and she did," the complaint states.

"Almost immediately," defendant Officer Moore drove up in an unmarked police car, Goodson says. Moore blocked her and her husband's car, prevented them from leaving, and asked if she had just bought Sudafed... (snip)

Almost immediately.

Even 911 calls don't get answered almost immediately.

Now how do you supposed this happened?

10 posted on 07/31/2014 1:26:41 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: nickcarraway

>>I thought criticism of police was banned from being posted on Free Republic?

Were you on an extended mission in Africa or a trip to Mars for the last couple years? Almost everyone here has finally stopped thinking that the government-paid police are the law-abiding citizens’ friend quite a while ago. There’s a few of those old-school law and order types left, but every dead dog and abused citizen converts a few more.


11 posted on 07/31/2014 1:29:18 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyranni)
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To: FBD
Buckhalt obtained a search warrant on false and misleading statements
and evidence," the complaint states.

Looks like the Warrant was issued because they refused to allow a blanket
search, on the premise they were guilty of something or they would allow the
invasion of their home because they bought legal Drugs.

The next step would be the violation of Civil rights and suing the hell out of them.

12 posted on 07/31/2014 1:29:51 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: FBD

Time to end the DemcoRat enacted WOD and replace it with Republican enacted freedom.


13 posted on 07/31/2014 1:30:27 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: FBD

I’m in favor of the war on drugs, basically, but I think it should be more anti-drug media pressure that carries the effort. Here in Florida, both lower income whites and blacks are perma-stoned, with whites being particularly given to meth so they’re not only stoned but angry. And they’re both unemployable.

That said, I have strange allergy flare ups (probably mold) for which only pseudoephedrine works. I used to order it from an on-line pharmacy in Canada because they had the only product I liked (Allerest) which seemed to have a low dosage and did not make me feel weird. I had to send them all my passport information to get it!

Then I found I could get 4-hour tablets of a generic brand here...and I started doing that. Now you can get almost nothing and it’s ridiculous. I don’t know the actual limits because I have decided that it’s just easier to suffer than to go and be treated like a drug dealer at my local CVS.

I was in New Mexico with my sister (NM, famous for Breaking Bad) and she bought some allergy pills and then, right after buying them, discovered that they were 12-hour, which she doesn’t like. She wanted to exchange them for 4-hour tablets, because the headache and congestion are usually gone by then or they won’t go at all, but the pharmacy wouldn’t let her, and she had bought her limit for whatever period of time it was. So I bought the 4-hour pack, and I was surprised that there weren’t cops waiting outside the door for us.

A lot of this is done, I think, to discredit the anti-drug movement. There’s no reason to make it this cumbersome; people who want to make meth get their stuff somewhere, no matter what.

All the authorities need to do is see if somebody is buying 20 packs of allergy meds a day and go from there. But harassing normal purchasers of allergy meds is clearly meant to impinge on the middle class and make them oppose the “war on drugs” because they blame it for making it impossible for them to buy some minor medication that would make their headache go away.


14 posted on 07/31/2014 1:33:57 PM PDT by livius
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To: exit82

The buying of decongestants has to be entered in the computer along with your driver’s license information.

The computer makes an immediate report of anyone buying over one box of decongestant.

There must be a priority alarm sent to the Sheriff for the location of the store.


15 posted on 07/31/2014 1:34:36 PM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: jim999

Tin-Horn Terrorists.


16 posted on 07/31/2014 1:36:13 PM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: FBD

This type of abuse won’t stop unless there is personal liability by the police officers. Otherwise, they will fight her with her own taxpayer dollars and, if she wins, the award will be made with taxpayer dollars.


17 posted on 07/31/2014 1:37:13 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: FBD

This news is nothing to sneeze at.


18 posted on 07/31/2014 1:40:10 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Truth is the enemy of our dysfunctional government.)
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To: livius

This is the first I have heard of allergy meds being an ingredient in meth. I take both Zyrtec and Benadryl my husband takes Benadryl . I hope I don’t get arrested when I stock up next time.


19 posted on 07/31/2014 1:40:23 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Time to end the DemcoRat enacted WOD and replace it with Republican enacted freedom.

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Funniest statement of the day.

You cannot actually think the GOP wants to end the WoDs.

It was during the Bush administration that we had to start giving our ids to purchase anything with pseudophedrine (2006).

It’s easier for my minor child to pick up a prescription for oxycontin that it is for me to buy Claritin D.


20 posted on 07/31/2014 1:40:26 PM PDT by dmz
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To: FBD

Beware! We are losing control of all law enforcement from the local police to the courts. A huge population of the police are letting the tin badge go to their heads.


21 posted on 07/31/2014 1:40:29 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: FBD

Goodson seeks punitive damages for false arrest, false imprisonment, Fourth Amendment violations and negligence.
She is represented by Marie Mattox, of Tallahassee.

Good for her.


22 posted on 07/31/2014 1:42:52 PM PDT by Excellence (Marine mom since April 11, 2014)
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To: Bryanw92

I don’t think that’s what it’s about, really.

Whenever there is a law out of the control-freak left that can affect the law abiding,

you can be guaranteed that that’s who it will be enforced ruthlessly on,

and true criminals will slide.

Think about the effects of “zero tolerance” rules in schools - who gets in trouble and who gets a pass?


23 posted on 07/31/2014 1:43:12 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: FBD

Obama’s Brown Shirts in training. Anyone out there believe that they won’t turn on the population as soon as Obama issues the command?


24 posted on 07/31/2014 1:45:34 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Dan(9698)

Thanks for that info, Dan.

You would think the pharmacist would have been aware of this as a professional.

Smells like entrapment.


25 posted on 07/31/2014 1:45:37 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: livius
All the authorities need to do is see if somebody is buying 20 packs of allergy meds a day and go from there. But harassing normal purchasers of allergy meds is clearly meant to impinge on the middle class and make them oppose the “war on drugs” because they blame it for making it impossible for them to buy some minor medication that would make their headache go away.

That makes zero sense. Put the blame where it it belongs, on nanny-statists and their vile War on Drugs.

I'll bet a 3am SWAT raid would change your mind about the WOD in a hurry.

26 posted on 07/31/2014 1:47:39 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: I want the USA back; exit82

I caught that, too. It seems there might have been some collusion and chicanery on the part of the druggist.


27 posted on 07/31/2014 1:47:41 PM PDT by Jemian (Kidney infection, malaria and dengue all in the same week)
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To: FBD

Welcome to the former United States of America, Land of the Free. We are now a police state. Run by the federal government. Assisted by politicians. Assisted by butt kissing military officers who kiss Obama’s butt to make rank after having over 200+ officers kicked out. I just got yesterday an email from Military.com that says that over 25 captains were in Afghanistan and were being kicked out of the military just as soon as they get back to the States. Another Obama cutting of qualified combat officers. Just as Stalin did.


28 posted on 07/31/2014 1:48:26 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (MARANATHA, MARANATHA, Come quickly LORD Jesus!!! Father send thy Son!! Its Time!)
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To: exit82; I want the USA back

The druggist called 911, there was a cop car in the area. They responded to the call and the life goes on.


29 posted on 07/31/2014 1:50:06 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: Ditter

You’re safe with benadryl. I’m not familiar with the ingredients for zrytec.


30 posted on 07/31/2014 1:51:33 PM PDT by Jemian (Kidney infection, malaria and dengue all in the same week)
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To: dmz

Yea, I know. Both parties LOVE the power that the WOD gives them over the people. But I can always dream, can’t I?


31 posted on 07/31/2014 1:52:58 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Ken H

I’m perfectly happy with the war on drugs. I don’t need freaks brewing meth next to me - or even using it.

There are some things society simply doesn’t need, and these chemical perversions are one of them. Refined drugs of this type - heroin, etc. - started only in the late 19th century, when European techniques were able to extract the active elements, and they were fine and a blessing to mankind when used for pain relief. But nobody can say they have not been a curse since they took over our society, especially at its lowest levels.


32 posted on 07/31/2014 1:55:08 PM PDT by livius
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To: Bryanw92

Well, I have had several threads milder than this pulled on those grounds. The mods basically said any article about a cop shooting a dog will be zotted immediately.


33 posted on 07/31/2014 1:55:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: MaxMax
The next step would be the violation of Civil rights and suing the hell out of them.

And for civil damages I hope the jury awards the woman a one and a whole bunch of zeros to the left of the $ sign.

34 posted on 07/31/2014 2:01:14 PM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: exit82
When the requirements were first implemented I bought some Musinex D, which contains the pseuoephedrine and asked for two boxes.

I know the girl who was ringing it up and she had almost a paniced look on her face. I then said that one box would do and she looked very relieved.

You have to show your driver's license every time you buy and they have to enter your driver's license number before they can sell it to you.

It has been that way now for about 8 years, so new hires probably don't know of the trap.

35 posted on 07/31/2014 2:01:50 PM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: Ditter

The law only applies to medications pseudo ephedrine in them. Your medications have none.


36 posted on 07/31/2014 2:02:13 PM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: Ditter

I had to give my drivers license to the pharmacist when I bought over the counter Sudafed. I wanted to get two boxes and he said that I couldn’t do it, so I bought the one box that had the most pills in it, and then went back two weeks later and did it again. I did that for about two months until I felt that I could get through cedar season without dying.


37 posted on 07/31/2014 2:08:03 PM PDT by RikaStrom ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: MaxMax

“Buckhalt obtained a search warrant on false and misleading statements
and evidence,” the complaint states. “

Why is that not a criminal offense? If they lie to obtain a warrant they should be prosecuted.


38 posted on 07/31/2014 2:21:52 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care)
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To: raybbr

Thanks.


39 posted on 07/31/2014 2:22:32 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: RikaStrom

I am not allergic to cedar pollen but to my surprise, after eating a piece of fish cooked on a cedar plank, I awoke the next morning with my tongue swollen. I could not close my mouth because of my tongue. I feel very fortunate that I did not suffocate in my sleep. Not going to make that mistake again. Two Benadryl took care of it and that was a good thing because we were miles from an ER out in the Montana hills.


40 posted on 07/31/2014 2:29:25 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: yarddog

“I could be wrong but I think Gadsden County is the only county in Florida with a majority Black population.”

You sho is right! Have a looksee at the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Dept.:

http://www.gadsdensheriff.org

Ain’t nuttn’ but “holder’s people” there!


41 posted on 07/31/2014 2:33:59 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
I have no idea. It happens to many times and they either get a desk job
for a couple weeks or it's just ignored. That is the main problem with
talking to the police, once you open your mouth they can lie with impunity
and misconstrue any words spoken into any meaning they wish to give them cause
for any actions they take. It is a very serious breach of public trust and
civil liberty.
42 posted on 07/31/2014 2:34:57 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: vette6387

Yes, Gadsden County is in the old Plantation belt.


43 posted on 07/31/2014 2:36:35 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: I want the USA back

It’s pretty clear the druggist called the cops - who were already waiting outside.


44 posted on 07/31/2014 2:41:54 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: Bryanw92

Meth cooks send people out to buy Sudafed in whatever quantities are available by law. Some times it takes several buys at different stores to get the amount necessary for their “cook”

Buying small amounts at different locations is less likely to attract attention.


45 posted on 07/31/2014 2:50:23 PM PDT by wildbill (If you check behind the shower curtain for a murderer, and find one... what's your plan?)
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To: wildbill

>>Meth cooks send people out to buy Sudafed in whatever quantities are available by law. Some times it takes several buys at different stores to get the amount necessary for their “cook”

I’m aware of that, but in a free country, it should not be illegal to buy extra antihistamines. Same thing for extra ammo or cars that go faster than the speed limit or a box of 12 condoms when you know you can’t do it that many times in one day.


46 posted on 07/31/2014 3:01:10 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyranni)
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To: FBD

I didn’t see how the Sheriff knew she had bought the Sudafed unless the helpful pharmacist made a call after upselling her to a trigger limit. I think someone is missing from the lawsuit.


47 posted on 07/31/2014 3:16:53 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Mastador1
I didn’t see how the Sheriff knew she had bought the Sudafed unless the helpful pharmacist made a call after upselling her to a trigger limit. I think someone is missing from the lawsuit.

And what's the motive? Is there some sub-rosa asset forfeiture deal between the Sheriff and the pharmacist?

48 posted on 07/31/2014 3:21:10 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: I want the USA back

This is more true than many understand.....Drove in and out of detroit for work almost every day for 2 yrs...Saw hundreds pulled over.....every 5th car was a gang-banger suv...or caddy w big rims......In 2yrs....I saw ONLY rich looking white people pulled over.....at least 2 per. day....and I am NOT spinning this .....I NEVER saw a big rimmed car pulled over in 2 yrs....NOT ONE.....It became a “THING” at work.....everyone started looking for banger cars pulled over....Saw them Sometimes abandoned .......NEVER pulled over.
I think its a sign of the disease......and its certainly produced fruit in detroit.


49 posted on 07/31/2014 3:43:44 PM PDT by therapsida
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To: FBD
While I am completely in sympathy with Ms. Goodson, it seems strange that the pharmacist recommended TWO boxes of Sudafed.

Most folks wouldn't load up on an OTC drug without having tried it first. This stuff is not cheap. What happens if there is an adverse reaction? As hard as Sudafed is to buy, how hard is it to return for refund? Odd.

Another thing: If I submit false & misleading evidence to a judge, I am guilty of perjury & obstruction of justice. Why haven't these 2 cops been arrested?

50 posted on 07/31/2014 4:04:35 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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