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A drug addict who bludgeoned his mother and a young relative to death as they attempted to escape his ice-fuelled rage has been jailed for at least 30 years.

Dressed in prison greens, Lance Rhodes, 36, did not appear to react as he was handed a maximum of 40 years in jail in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday.

He continued to stab her as she lay helpless on the ground. Rhodes then picked up a 28-kilogram concrete statue and repeatedly hit her on the head with it, smashing her skull.

Rhodes returned to the home, grabbed a young child relative by the neck of his shirt and stabbed him in the chest before bashing his head against a wall.

Justice Stephen Campbell said Rhodes was in the grip of an “ice-induced psychosis” when the “terrible events” of September 8, 2015 unfolded.

After consuming a cocktail of substances, Rhodes stabbed his mother Linda Adams, 63, in the back as she tried to run away from him after he grabbed a large knife from the kitchen of the Lalor Park home they shared.

The boy managed to escape, but Rhodes caught up with him outside and bludgeoned him to death with a stone.

“Die, just fucking die, I don’t care,” Rhodes was heard to say.

Covered in blood, Rhodes attempted to attack another woman, Annabelle Saludo , by getting into her car. He hit the windows, yelled “F—ing open up” and then ran after the car and tried to lift it as the woman attempted to escape.

When Senior Constable Steve Lewis arrived, Rhodes picked up a water meter cover and walked towards him, saying, “Let’s go”.

Ms Adams’ body was found only two metres from the front door of her neighbour’s home. The boy’s body was found near a tree in the yard of the home he had fled.

Justice Campbell said “doubtless this offending would never have occurred” but for Rhodes’ self-induced intoxication

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The court heard that shortly before the killings, Rhodes had returned to his home and said, “We’re going to have some fun tonight”.

“They are in the house … they are in the house … don’t worry I’ll get rid of them,” he was later heard saying.

While Justice Campbell accepted that the attack commenced “impulsively”, he said Rhodes had persisted with it and it was “accompanied by determination”.

The court heard Rhodes had a troubled childhood and started using cannabis when he was a teenager before moving onto heroin, speed and ice.

Before the double murder, he had been consuming ice for nine months.

Rhodes told police he could not remember killing his mother and the child and repeatedly said he was unwell.

“I know I clicked it. I’m insane. I need real professional help,” Rhodes told police in an interview. “I was in a different world.

“Everything was spacey. It was like being in a dark cloud.”

A drug addict who bludgeoned his mother and a young relative to death as they attempted to escape his ice-fuelled rage has been jailed for at least 30 years.

Dressed in prison greens, Lance Rhodes, 36, did not appear to react as he was handed a maximum of 40 years in jail in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday.

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Justice Stephen Campbell said Rhodes was in the grip of an “ice-induced psychosis” when the “terrible events” of September 8, 2015 unfolded.

After consuming a cocktail of substances, Rhodes stabbed his mother Linda Adams, 63, in the back as she tried to run away from him after he grabbed a large knife from the kitchen of the Lalor Park home they shared.

He continued to stab her as she lay helpless on the ground. Rhodes then picked up a 28-kilogram concrete statue and repeatedly hit her on the head with it, smashing her skull.

Rhodes returned to the home, grabbed a young child relative by the neck of his shirt and stabbed him in the chest before bashing his head against a wall.

Lance Rhodes at the crime scene, on the night he was arrested.

Lance Rhodes at the crime scene, on the night he was arrestedPhoto: TNV

Covered in blood, Rhodes attempted to attack another woman, Annabelle Saludo , by getting into her car. He hit the windows, yelled “F—ing open up” and then ran after the car and tried to lift it as the woman attempted to escape.

When Senior Constable Steve Lewis arrived, Rhodes picked up a water meter cover and walked towards him, saying, “Let’s go”.

Ms Adams’ body was found only two metres from the front door of her neighbour’s home. The boy’s body was found near a tree in the yard of the home he had fled.

Justice Campbell said “doubtless this offending would never have occurred” but for Rhodes’ self-induced intoxication.

The court heard that shortly before the killings, Rhodes had returned to his home and said, “We’re going to have some fun tonight”.

“They are in the house … they are in the house … don’t worry I’ll get rid of them,” he was later heard saying.

While Justice Campbell accepted that the attack commenced “impulsively”, he said Rhodes had persisted with it and it was “accompanied by determination”.

The court heard Rhodes had a troubled childhood and started using cannabis when he was a teenager before moving onto heroin, speed and ice.

Before the double murder, he had been consuming ice for nine months.

Rhodes told police he could not remember killing his mother and the child and repeatedly said he was unwell.

“I know I clicked it. I’m insane. I need real professional help,” Rhodes told police in an interview. “I was in a different world.

“Everything was spacey. It was like being in a dark cloud.”

But Justice Campbell was sceptical that Rhodes had no memory of the events, saying his repeated concern to present himself as a paranoid schizophrenic was an attempt to provide justification for his behaviour.

Outside court, Ms Adams’ daughter Tina Rhodes said she loved her mother and the child.

“No matter how long the sentence is, it will not bring back two beautiful people we have lost,” she said.

Rhodes will be eligible for parole in 2045.

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Two ex police officers get life sentences after court finds them guilty of executing Jamie Gao.

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As grey-haired killers Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara waited to learn their fate for murder, each of them took turns in shutting their eyes for several minutes at a time.

But the former policemen, 75 and 57 respectively, were wide-eyed and standing when they were given a life sentence for the “heinous” and “audacious” murder of university student and drug dealer Jamie Gao, 20.

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Rogerson, McNamara trial: What happened in unit 803?

The trial of Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara over the murder of Jamie Gao heard three accounts of the university student’s death in a Sydney storage unit.

On Friday Justice Geoffrey Bellew found the pair had been “overwhelmed by greed” when they killed Mr Gao to steal 2.78 kilograms of ice.

He also said the pair had “a complete disregard for the life of another human being” when they murdered Mr Gao inside a southern Sydney storage unit in May 2014.

“The joint criminal enterprise to which each offender was a party was extensive in its planning, brutal in its execution, and callous in its aftermath,” Justice Bellew said during his sentencing remarks before the NSW Supreme Court on Friday.

The pair were also given a minimum nine-year sentence for the supply of a prohibited narcotic drug

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Upon hearing the life sentence handed down, Mr Gao’s family released a statement, saying the life sentence was everything they had hoped for.

“To have these two men, who took Jamie from us, sentenced to essentially die in jail, is absolutely fitting,” they said.

“The courts can’t lessen the term of Jamie’s death or the impact that his death, the investigation and ensuing trial has had on our family. Unfortunately, there is no opportunity for a lesser sentence for Jamie or for those of us left behind.”

During his sentencing remarks Justice Bellew noted Mr Gao had been killed by two former police officers.

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“Aspects of their commission of these crimes reflect the fact the offenders put to use, for all the wrong reasons, knowledge and experience that they gained as a consequence of their investigation of criminal offences when they were members of the police force,” he said.

Upon learning his fate, an apparently emotionless Rogerson hobbled down the stairs in his prison greens with corrective service officers to the cells below the historic Darlinghurst court complex.

The joint criminal enterprise … was extensive in its planning, brutal in its execution and callous in its aftermath.

Justice Geoffrey Bellew

McNamara said to his teary family “be strong”: his daughter Jessica responded by blowing kisses.

During an 18-week trial, a jury heard how Rogerson and McNamara had spent months planning the murder of Mr Gao to steal 2.78 kilograms of the drug ice from him.

Mr Gao was shot dead and stuffed into a silver surfboard bag then dumped at sea. His body was found floating off the shore of Cronulla several days later.

“The disposal of the deceased’s body at sea was both cruel and insensitive. It was done solely for the purpose of the offenders endeavouring to ensure that the deceased would never be found, rendering it all the more difficult for any responsibility to ever be attributed to either of them,” Justice Bellew said.

During the sentencing hearing the court heard how on the day of the murder, Mr Gao was captured on CCTV footage going into unit 803 at Padstow Rent-a-Space, with McNamara.

A little more than three minutes later, Rogerson walked into the shed.

At some point, Mr Gao was shot dead although Rogerson and McNamara blamed one another.

Rogerson told the court that McNamara told him there had been a struggle, and that Mr Gao had shot himself twice in the chest.

But McNamara said he was by himself with Mr Gao inside the shed when Rogerson opened the door and demanded the victim hand over the “gear”.

Mr Gao pulled out a combat-style knife and, simultaneously, Rogerson produced a gun and fired two shots.

McNamara said Rogerson then aimed the gun at his head and threatened to kill him and his daughters if he did not help dispose of the body.

Justice Bellew rejected both of their accounts but said he could not find beyond reasonable doubt who had pulled the trigger.

“The deceased was executed in cold blood, just as the offenders had planned. Clearly, one of them shot the deceased. There is an obvious suspicion, arising from the evidence of the presence of gunshot residue on his clothing, that it was Rogerson who did so,” he said.

“Whilst I am satisfied that the deceased was shot by one of the offenders whilst in storage unit 803, I am unable to determine which offender was responsible.”

The jury accepted the pair were part of a joint criminal enterprise, finding them both guilty of murder and commercial supply of a prohibited drug in June.

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Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped through a lengthy tunnel under his prison cell’s shower, authorities have said, marking his second jail break and an embarrassing blow to the government.

A massive manhunt was launched after Guzman vanished late on Saturday from the Altiplano maximum-security prison, some 90km west of Mexico City.

The Sinaloa cartel kingpin, whose empire stretches around the globe, had been in prison for 17 months after spending 13-years on the lam.

After security cameras lost sight of Guzman, guards went into the cell and found a hole 10m deep with a ladder, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said.

The gap led to the 1.5km tunnel with a ventilation and light system, Rubido said, adding that its exit was in a building that was under construction in central Mexico State.

A motorcycle on a rail system was found in the tunnel and is believed to have been used to transport tools and remove earth from the space, which was 1.7m high and around 80cm wide.

Rubido said 18 prison guards will be interrogated by prosecutors in Mexico City.

Until Guzman escaped, Rubido said, “the day had gone on normally and at around 8:00 pm he was given his daily dose of medicine.”

Some 250 police and troops guarded the outskirts of the vast prison, surrounded by corn fields, while a helicopter hovered overheads.

Soldiers manned checkpoints on the nearby highway, using flashlights to look at the faces of car passengers and searching car trunks and the backs of trucks.

Flights were suspended at the nearby Toluca airport.

The Altiplano prison in central Mexico State houses the country’s most notorious drug lords, murderers and kidnappers.

Guzman’s first break from prison was in 2001, when he slipped past authorities by hiding in a laundry cart. He had been arrested in Guatemala in 1993.

Marines had recaptured him in February 2014 in a pre-dawn raid in a condo in Mazatlan, a Pacific resort in Sinaloa state, with the help of the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

Authorities had already investigated a strange prison visit to Guzman in March, when a woman managed to see him by using a fake ID to get in.

His second escape is sure to embarrass the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto, who was flying to France for a state visit when Guzman fled.

Pena Nieto’s government had won praise for capturing the powerful kingpin, a diminutive but feared man whose nickname means “Shorty.”

After his last capture, the government had paraded Guzman in front of television cameras, showing the mustachioed mafia boss being frogmarched by two marines before taking him to prison on a helicopter.

The US government had hailed his capture as “landmark achievement” while some US prosecutors wanted to ask for his extradition, but Mexican officials insisted on trying him first.

Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel empire stretches along Mexico’s Pacific coast and deals drugs to the United States and as far as Europe and Asia.

His legend grew in the years that followed his first escape.

The United States had offered a US$5 million reward for information leading to his arrest, while the city of Chicago — a popular destination for Sinaloa narcotics — declared him “Public Enemy Number One,” joining American gangster Al Capone as the only criminal to ever get the moniker.

Folk ballads known as “narcocorridos,” tributes to drug capos, sang his praises.

He used to be on Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires until the US publication said in 2013 that it could not verify his wealth and that it believed he was increasingly spending his fortune on protection.

He married an 18-year-old beauty queen, Emma Coronel, in 2007 and is believed to have 10 children with various women.

Coronel was with him when he was arrested last year. His capture sparked small protests by supporters in Culiacan, Sinaloa’s capital, where Guzman nurtured a Robin Hood image.

In Culiacan, authorities found a home with a bathtub that rose up electronically to open a secret tunnel that he used to escape the authorities before being caught in Mazatlan.

His cartel became entangled in brutal turf wars against the paramilitary-like Zetas cartel and other gangs for years.

More than 80,000 people have been killed in drug violence in Mexico since 2006.

The drug war began to escalate after former president Felipe Calderon sent the army and navy to rein in the cartels in 2006, a deployment that analysts say exacerbated the violence.

More than 10,000 were killed in Ciudad Juarez alone in violence attributed to battles between Sinaloa and Juarez cartel members for supremacy in the key drug corridor at the border with the US state of Texas.

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Quinn De Campe, 16, was bashed to death.

The sentence handed to a trio of teenagers who fatally bashed a 16-year-old boy during a staged drug deal in Perth is irrelevant, his parents say, because it won’t bring back their only son.

Quinn De Campe died the day after being bashed, kneed and kicked by the three teens who lured him to a park to sell him cannabis in December last year.

Judge Denis Reynolds sentenced the three attackers on Thursday to six and a half years in jail for manslaughter, to be served concurrently with a four year sentence for aggravated armed robbery.

The fourth boy was sentenced to three-and-a-half years behind bars.

“The sentence is irrelevant – nothing is going to change what’s happened,” Quinn’s father Vaughan De Campe told reporters outside court.

But he and wife Shelley said it was important to discourage and hopefully diminish such senseless crimes, seen all too often on the streets.

“Quinn grew up to believe that people’s differences were to be celebrated and not judged. Ultimately, it led to him losing his life,” they said.

“Regardless of the sentence handed down today, it will never change the fact that our son has lost his life in a cowardly and brutal attack that was perpetrated by juveniles.

“It is us and our family that will live with this life sentence. Nothing will ever take away the pain of losing Quinn, our only child.”

Judge Reynolds said the offending was an extremely serious example of its kind because Quinn had been lured to an isolated location and left there severely injured after being outnumbered three to one.

“The three of you were persistent,” he said.

“The three of you were unrelenting.

“Your whole focus was to get the money.”

The teenagers planned to rob Quinn when they lured him to the Balga bush reserve and – brandishing a broken bottle – assaulted him after he refused to give up his belongings, which included $175 to buy the cannabis.

Quinn was punched, kneed and kicked so hard it left a shoe imprint on his head and caused his attacker to limp.

He was chased down when he tried to run away and was found bleeding, bruised and unconscious. He died in hospital the next day.

His attackers, who were around the same age, were initially charged with grievous bodily harm but that was later upgraded to murder.

They last month pleaded guilty to manslaughter – a plea bargain accepted by the prosecution.

Along with the fourth boy, they also pleaded guilty to aggravated armed robbery.

Judge Reynolds said all the offenders had been initially remorseless, with one lying “big time” to police.

They had all developed remorse during the 11 months they have already served at Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre, but in each case, that was overlaid with regret for the impact on themselves, he said.

All will be eligible for parole after serving half of their terms.

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Kalynda Davis is in custody in China for allegedly trying to smuggle ice to Australia.

She liked playing basketball, posting Instagram photos and going to music festivals.

But Sydney woman Kalynda Davis, 22, is now facing possible death by firing squad in China after being caught allegedly smuggling 75 kilograms of the drug “ice” out of the country.

Consular staff and the family of the young Penrith woman closed ranks on Friday in the hope of minimising publicity on the case.

A family member reported Ms Davis missing from their two-storey Glenmore Park home on November 5, only to find out several days later that she was in custody in China.

She was arrested with Peter Gardner, a 25-year-old from Richmond in Sydney’s north-west, and charged with smuggling a commercial quantity of methylamphetamine from Guangzhou city to Australia.

Friends suggested that Ms Davis had only recently met Mr Gardner and the bizarre turn of events were extremely out of character.

One friend, Cassandra Hoegal, posted online that she “got caught up with the wrong guy”.

Ms Davis was a talented basketball player, making it to state representative teams with the Penrith Panthers and once posting on a social media profile that basketball was “my life

Another friend who played netball with Ms Davis said it was “devastating” and “so very out of character”.

She went to a Christian school and was raised in a well-off family in Sydney’s west. Her father Larry, an ANZ banker, did not return calls on Friday and a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it would not be commenting.

Her Instagram and Facebook profiles, which she used prolifically to share photos from music festivals and basketball games, were shut down.

A NSW police spokesman said Ms Davis was reported missing to them on November 5 and when she was arrested in China the matter was referred to DFAT.

The two are the latest in a spate of arrests of Australians on drug-related charges, some whom are potentially facing the death penalty.

China’s drug laws state that people found guilty of possessing more than 50 grams of meth or heroin, or other narcotic drugs of “large quantities”, could be subject to the death penalty.

DFAT is currently extending consular assistance to nine Australians who are detained on serious drug charges.

The flurry of arrests prompted DFAT to issue an updated travel advisory in September warning travellers of China’s severe drug laws, and the “substantial risks involved in carrying parcels for others which may conceal narcotics”.

“We have some concerns that there may be a pattern in the cases of some of the individuals being arrested,” a spokesman said at the time.

The arrests have been centred on the southern province of Guangdong, a notorious hub for methamphetamine production and home to an anti-drug sweep codenamed Operation Thunder, which has netted hundreds, including dozens of foreigners.

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Convicted neurosurgeon Suresh Nair during his police interview. Photo: Supplied

A Sydney neurosurgeon jailed over the cocaine-related deaths of two sex workers has been deported from Australia.

Fairfax Media revealed in June that Immigration Minister Scott Morrison had instigated moves aimed at sending Suresh Nair back to his native Malaysia once he was freed on parole, after serving four years for manslaughter and two counts of supplying cocaine. The deportation, which occurred on Tuesday, was made possible because Nair – an Australian resident of more than 30 years – never became an official citizen in that time.

The move follows a joint Fairfax-ABC Four Corners investigation that exposed chronic failings within the NSW health regulatory system, allowing Nair to continue performing delicate brain and spinal prcoedures while his life was spiralling out of control due to a chronic cocaine addiction.

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In 2009, two sex workers died in separate overdose incidents at his luxury apartment. In the nine months between those deaths, he spent more than $140,000 on sex and drugs inside Sydney brothel Liaisons while keeping up appearances at both the Nepean private and Nepean public hospitals.

As a result of the Fairfax ABC-Four Corners investigation, the NSW Government has announced it will change laws to improve transparency and communication surrounding impaired doctors.

The reforms also mean patients will never again be denied access to the findings of investigations into their own botched operations.

The dual investigation also convinced Immigration Minister Scott Morrison that Nair’s residency status should be revoked. In a statement today, he said: “I take very seriously my role in protecting the Australian community from the risk of harm by non-citizens who engage in criminal conduct.”

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MURDEROUS DUO GET A FURTHER 9 YEARS IN JAIL ON APPEAL IN WA Aust

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Samuel Walker and Jonathan Lee.

Two men who savagely strangled and beat a Perth drug dealer to death before covering him in acid and burying him in a shallow grave, have had their minimum jail terms increased to 21 years on appeal.

Sam Jacob Walker and Jonathan Robert Lee pleaded guilty to murdering David Houston, 24, in May last year and were sentenced to life in prison with a 12-year minimum.

But prosecutors appealed the sentence claiming it was too lenient, and on Tuesday, the Court of Appeal agreed, increasing the sentence by nine years.

The pair must now serve at least 21 years before becoming eligible for parole.

Justice Carmel McLure said the murder was at the high end of the scale of seriousness.

“The killing of the deceased was intentional, unprovoked, ferocious and sustained, and merciless in its execution,” she said.

David Houston's body was found in a shallow grave near Binningup on June 2 after he went missing on May 11, 2012.
David Houston’s body was found in a shallow grave near Binningup on June 2, 2012, after he went missing three weeks’ earlier.

“It is further aggravated by the fact that the offence was committed in company against a defenceless, unsuspecting victim, and deliberate steps were taken to conceal the crime.

“Their capacity to behave with such savagery and detachment cannot be laid solely at the door of their methylamphetamine-fuelled intoxication.”

The court heard Walker, then aged 26, told Lee’s girlfriend: “I’m going to kill David.”

The woman took Lee, then aged 23, into the bathroom where they had sex. Upon hearing Mr Houston scream, they went out into the kitchen area where they found Walker choking the victim.

Lee then began kicking and stomping on Mr Houston’s head and chest, causing one eye to bulge out of its socket.

Believing they had killed Mr Houston, the men dragged his body to the shower but Mr Houston regained consciousness, prompting Lee to kick him again.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Houston had severe head and chest injuries, but died from neck compression.

The men then wrapped the body in a barbecue cover and Walker drove the corpse to a remote site where it was buried with acid.

Police later used the vehicle’s GPS to find the body near the coastal town of Binningup, 130 kilometres south of Perth.

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West Midlands Police have dealt suspected drug dealers an expensive blow, recovering over £1,000,000 in notes from an address in Birmingham, the largest forfeiture of cash in the force’s history.

Below are just a few examples of money, which has been obtained under the Proceeds of Crime Act, being put back into the community for good causes.
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MEXICAN DRUG LORD HOUSE RAID TO FIND HUGE QUANTITIES OF MONEY & DRUGS

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This is a video of the record cash seizure during March 2007 at a mansion in Mexico’s capital city and photos of subjects that were arrested as a result of the investigation.

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In 2006 Mexican authorities seized 19.5 tons of the chemical pseudoephedrine at a port in the city of Lazaro Cardenas in the state of Michoacan. This is one of the most important ingredients to make methamphetamine. This shipment had arrived from China and the company that sent it is headed by Zhenli Ye Gon who was originally from Shanghai, China but became a Mexican citizen in 2002.

On March 25, 2007 Mexican police raided a mansion in the very wealthy neighborhood of Lomas de Chapultepec in Mexico City.

Approximately 205 Million in US Dollars, 18 million Mexican Pesos, 200 thousand Euros, 113 thousand Hong Kong Dollars, gold and jewels were seized in the raid. Numerous firearms were also seized. Several Asians and Mexicans were arrested at the mansion. The photos of some of them are in this video as well.

Zhenli Ye Gon was not at the mansion at the time of raid. He was later arrested in the state of Maryland in the USA. His photos are last two pictures in this video. He would later contend that the money in the mansion was money that he was forced to store for Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s political party.

The United States Government charged Zhenli Ye Gon with a meth drug conspiracy charge, but later dropped this charge for lack of evidence. The suspect was reported to have gambled away over 100 million US Dollars in Las Vegas.

The main suspect is awaiting deportation to Mexico where he face charges.

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