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Ex-cop indicted on Class X charges [IL]
    #4088881 - 04/23/05 05:26 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

Ex-cop indicted on Class X charges
Couple face possible 60-year sentences
lincolncourier.com

Former Lincoln Police Cpl. Diana Short and her husband now face up to 60 years in prison after a Logan County grand jury indicted the couple Friday on additional charges of trafficking and manufacturing hallucinogenic mushrooms, both Class X felonies.

The manufacturing charge provides for a sentence of six to 30 years in prison while the trafficking charge – a special Class X felony – allows for a term of 12 to 60 years in prison. Probation is not an option if the Shorts are convicted of either of the Class X felonies.

"The trafficking charge stems from the importation of psilocybin spores used to manufacture in excess of 200 grams of psilocybin mushrooms," Logan County State’s Attorney Tim Huyett said in a press release. "Psilocybin is a Schedule I drug and when ingested produces a hallucinogenic stupor.

"The delay between the original and supplemental charges was to allow the examination of certain spores, recovered at the time of execution of a search warrant at the Short residence (in the 500 block of North Hamilton Street) on Dec. 15."

Huyett believes the spores and other collected evidence, which has been examined by professors at state universities and by state police forensic experts, will support the additional charges, he said.

The new indictments against Diana and John Short now are combined with the original indictments filed in January, including:

*Unlawful manufacture of between 500 and 2,000 grams of marijuana and unlawful manufacture of marijuana with the intent to deliver, both Class II felonies.

*Unlawful production of between 20 and 50 marijuana plants, a Class III felony.

Diana Short, 46, also faces two Class III felony charges of official misconduct, alleging that, by growing, possessing, selling and consuming marijuana, she violated the contract between the Fraternal Order of Police and the city of Lincoln and also violated the Lincoln Police Department’s policy and procedures manual.

She faces two Class A misdemeanor charges for possession of a firearm without having a requisite Firearm Owner’s Identification card after police discovered a 9 mm handgun and a .22-caliber handgun in her belongings. John Short, 41, formerly employed as a paramedic with the Logan County Paramedics Association, faces a weapons charge similar to that against his wife, alleging he had a .40-caliber handgun in his belongings without having a FOID card.

Diana Short also faces a Class A misdemeanor for filing a false affidavit with the Illinois Secretary of State’s office last year when she allegedly provided a false date of birth while renewing her driver’s license.

The Shorts’ next court appearance will be a pretrial hearing set for Aug. 11, with a tentative trial date on Aug. 22. But Huyett expects to have the Shorts arraigned on the Class X felonies before the August hearing.

An Illinois State Police task force raided the Shorts’ home Dec. 15 on a tip and discovered the three illegal handguns, the mushrooms and 25 marijuana plants growing in their basement.

*related article Ex-cop struggles to understand charges


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Re: Ex-cop indicted on Class X charges [Re: veggie]
    #4089560 - 04/23/05 09:13 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

raided the Shorts? home ... on a tip

Pleople will never learn to keep their mouth shut when they have something growing... :frown:


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Re: Ex-cop indicted on Class X charges [Re: veggie]
    #4146640 - 05/07/05 03:26 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Shorts' bail is doubled
May 7, 2005 lincolncourier.com

Former Lincoln Police Cpl. Diana Short and her husband, John Short, are back in police custody today, after Logan County Associate Circuit Judge Charles Feeney agreed to increase their bond Thursday to $100,000.

Logan County State's Attorney Tim Huyett argued for the bond increase after a Logan County grand jury handed down a second felony drug indictment against the Shorts on April 15.

A week later, the Shorts pleaded not guilty to Class X charges of trafficking a controlled substance and unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance. The two-count indictment accuses the Shorts of bringing psilocybin spores into Illinois illegally to be grown into hallucinogenic mushrooms.

If convicted on the trafficking charge, the Shorts face a minimum 12 years and a maximum 60 years in prison, plus a fine up to $1 million.

In addition to increasing the bond, Feeney also ordered Diana and John Short to undergo drug screenings on request and report to the courthouse weekly.

The Shorts were ordered to give a urine sample after the hearing and initial results indicated Diana tested positive for marijuana, Huyett said.

Huyett said today that the Shorts' samples were mailed to a lab where they will be retested to ensure the initial results were accurate. If the Diana is determined to have used marijuana while she was released on bond, Huyett said he could file a motion to revoke or increase her bail.

A Logan County grand jury originally indicted the Shorts in January on two Class II felonies of unlawful manufacture of between 500 and 2,000 grams of marijuana and unlawful manufacture of between 500 and 2,000 grams of marijuana with intent to deliver. They also face a Class III felony charge for unlawful production of 25 marijuana plants.

An Illinois State Police task force raided the Shorts' residence in the 500 block of North Hamilton Street in December, finding 25 plants that yielded more than two pounds of marijuana and more than 200 grams of the psilocybin spores.

Since their January indictment, the Shorts moved from the North Hamilton Street address to their current residence in the 100 block of Grand Avenue.

In addition to the marijuana and mushroom spores found in their basement, police also say they confiscated three illegal handguns - two belonging to Diana and one belonging to John - while neither was issued the requisite Firearm Owners Identification card. The firearm charges are Class A misdemeanors.

Diana Short, who had more than seven years experience as a patrol officer for the Lincoln police at the time of her arrest, also was charged with two Class III felonies alleging official misconduct and a Class A misdemeanor for allegedly filing a false affidavit with the Illinois Secretary of State's office last year when she included a false date of birth on a driver's license application.

Diana Short's defense attorney Frederick Schlosser filed a motion to dismiss the charges Thursday and June 9 hearing was scheduled to hear arguments pertaining to that motion.

Meanwhile, the Shorts remain held in lieu of $100,000 bond.


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Re: Ex-cop indicted on Class X charges [Re: veggie]
    #4211389 - 05/23/05 08:37 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

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The trafficking charge stems from the importation of psilocybin spores




Crazy!


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Re: Ex-cop indicted on Class X charges [Re: Anno]
    #4211771 - 05/23/05 10:33 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

you wouldn't even need to grow mushrooms if you had some psilocybin spores  :lol:


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Re: Ex-cop indicted on Class X charges [Re: SuperD]
    #4213280 - 05/24/05 08:45 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Yeah one time the cops found a spore syringe in my room while searching my house, and then the judge was like how do you think your family feels when you shoot mushroom spores in your arm, and I was like wtf, it's used to grow GOURMET mushrooms, and he was like oh that's awesome blah blah blah and I got off and they dropped all the charges after the arraignment. Stupid law figures.


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Ex-cop, husband prepare for trial at hearing [Re: veggie]
    #4285627 - 06/12/05 04:42 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

http://www.lincolncourier.com/news/05/06/09/c.asp

Ex-cop, husband prepare for trial at hearing

BY JAMES WASHBURN
THE COURIER

Former Lincoln police Cpl. Diana Short and her husband John Short made brief appearances in Logan County Circuit Court today to address pretrial motions filed by their defense attorneys and Logan County State's Attorney Tim Huyett.

Diana Short's defense attorney, Fredrick Schlosser of Springfield, argued that an official misconduct charge handed down by a Logan County grand jury in January must be dismissed because Huyett failed to provide sufficient evidence to support the allegation.

The Shorts were indicted in January and April on charges alleging they were growing 25 marijuana plants in the basement of their former residence in the 500 block of North Hamilton Street. The three marijuana charges - unlawful manufacture of marijuana, unlawful manufacture with the intent to deliver marijuana and the unlawful production of more than 20 marijuana plants - provide for up to seven years in prison upon conviction.

They also were indicted for controlled substance trafficking and unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, both Class X felonies. If they are convicted of the trafficking charge - the most severe charge the Shorts face - they could be sentenced to a prison term of 12 to 60 years and assessed a $1 million fine for allegedly manufacturing psilocybin spores to produce hallucinogenic mushrooms.

The two charges in question today the official misconduct charges against Diana Short allege she violated the contract between the city of Lincoln and the Fraternal Order of Police and the Lincoln Police Department's Policy and Procedures Manual by growing, selling and consuming marijuana.

Schlosser claimed today that Huyett did not provide any evidence to the grand jury alleging that Diana facilitated a crime while she was working in her official capacity.

Huyett argued the court should not entertain the motion until evidence and testimony were presented. Logan County Associate Circuit Judge Charles Feeney agreed with Huyett.

"It isn't for me to step into the shoes of the grand jury," Feeney said. "It isn't for me to step into the shoes of the jury."

Feeney said courts should refrain from dismissing charges handed down by grand juries until evidence is presented.

However, Feeney did dismiss the official misconduct charge against Diana Short regarding the city of Lincoln and the Fraternal Order of Police after Huyett agreed to dismiss the charge. Huyett said shortly after the hearing that the charge pertained more to civil law than criminal law.

Schlosser said after the hearing he is confident the other official misconduct charge against Diana Short will eventually be dismissed.

Huyett, Schlosser and John Short's defense attorney, Richard Frazier, agreed today to combine John's and Diana's separate trials into one criminal trial today because the majority of the charges they face are identical. The attorney said the additional official misconduct and perjury charges Diana Short faces could be addressed separately.

If the a conflict arises by combining the two trials, the Shorts' attorneys could have the trial separated, Feeney said.


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Re: Ex-cop indicted on Class X charges [Re: Nemo_Hoes]
    #4286048 - 06/12/05 10:58 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Quote:

master_shake said:
how do you think your family feels when you shoot mushroom spores in your arm



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Re: Ex-cop, husband prepare for trial at hearing [Re: Anno]
    #4489115 - 08/03/05 11:41 AM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Jailed ex-cop, daughter charged
August 3, 2005 - lincolncourier.com

Mom wanted daughter to help make meth to raise bond money

Former-Lincoln Police Cpl. Diana Short allegedly has conspired with her 24-year-old daughter to manufacture methamphetamine in an effort to raise $7,500 to bond out of jail.

Logan County State's Attorney Tim Huyett said today that he has charged Short and her daughter, Brianna D. Strohl of the 100 block of Grand Avenue, on charges of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, a Class X felony.

Huyett said Short - who faces more than eight felony and two misdemeanor charges for allegedly growing and planning to sell marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms spores with her husband John Short - now is charged with four additional courts ranging from Class X to Class II felonies.

He said his office learned from inmates at the Logan County Safety Complex that Diana was "apparently attempting to solicit various individuals to manufacture methamphetamine for the purpose of selling it in order to raise money for her bond."

After corroborating Short's plans, Huyett began to record Diana's phone calls, Huyett said. He said no privacy interests were invaded because a pre-recorded warning before each call states calls are subject to monitoring.

He said the "calls demonstrated that Diana was soliciting among others, her own daughter ... to accumulate pseudoephedrine pills for the purpose of manufacturing the meth.

"With the assistance of a confidential informant, Diana was lead to believe that a cook was in place and all that was needed was the pills," Huyett said.

He said that Short told Strohl during a call July 22 that she needed the "little white things," meaning the pills, and advised her to buy only two boxes from each store.

Sales of medications containing pseudoephedrine are limited to two boxes per person by Illinois law because of their known involvement in meth production.

Five days after Short's call, Strohl called her mother back, telling her "mission accomplished," and told Short the location of the pills, which were recovered by Illinois State Police, Huyett said.

An Illinois State trooper arrested Strohl at 4:35 p.m. Monday at a residence in Springfield.

Huyett said Strohl faces three felony counts ranging from the Class X conspiracy charge to a Class II felony.

Any sentence imposed against Short stemming from the meth charges must be served consecutive to any sentence imposed from the two earlier indictments alleging manufacture of marijuana and the mushroom spores.

Short faces a sentence of 12 to 60 years if she is convicted of the Class X felony for allegedly shipping psilocybin spores across state lines to grow the hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Short and Strohl were to appear in court for arraignment shortly after noon today. Short is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond, while Strohl is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond.


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Re: Ex-cop, husband prepare for trial at hearing [Re: veggie]
    #4492191 - 08/03/05 11:27 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

"Short faces a sentence of 12 to 60 years if she is convicted of the Class X felony for allegedly shipping psilocybin spores across state lines to grow the hallucinogenic mushrooms."

What state has that law? or is it federal?


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Re: Ex-cop, husband prepare for trial at hearing [Re: MikeOLogical]
    #4497180 - 08/05/05 12:00 AM (11 years, 6 months ago)

are mushrooms class x? i thought they were class II? makes sense though, get busted for pot and shrooms, so get your daughter to cook up some meth for your bail......  :doh:


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John Short sentenced to six years. [Re: veggie]
    #4498786 - 08/05/05 04:53 AM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Husband of former Lincoln officer pleads guilty to making drugs
August 5, 2005 - pjstar.com

LINCOLN - Former Logan County paramedic John Short - husband and co-defendant of former Lincoln Police Cpl. Diana Short - pleaded guilty Thursday to manufacturing drugs and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Just two days after his wife was charged with a thwarted conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine to raise bond money for the jailed Lincoln couple, John Short appeared in court with his Springfield attorney Richard Frazier. He pleaded guilty to growing hallucinogenic mushroom spores and 25 marijuana plants in the basement of their former home.

In a plea agreement with Logan County State's Attorney Tim Huyett, Short agreed to plead guilty to a Class II felony for growing the marijuana and a Class X felony for growing the psilocybin mushroom spores.

If convicted of controlled substance trafficking, Short, 41, faced 12 to 60 years in prison.

By pleading guilty Thursday, Short received the minimum sentence of six years for the Class X manufacturing charge.

Huyett agreed to dismiss the remaining charges including: controlled substance trafficking, a Class X felony; unlawful manufacture of marijuana with the intent to deliver, a Class II felony; unlawful production of marijuana plants, a Class III felony; and a misdemeanor charge for possession of a firearm without a requisite firearm owner's identification card.

Also Thursday, Diana Short agreed to waive her right to a speedy trial and continue her case until September.

Her defense attorney, Fredrick Schlosser of Springfield, tried Thursday to withdraw from her case, claiming her indefinite incarceration prevents her from paying her legal fees.

Schlosser said he was hired to represent Diana Short while she was still released on bond and able to raise money.

Feeney denied Schlosser's motion to withdraw as counsel. He said it would be inappropriate to allow an attorney to withdraw "on the eve of trial" while the defendant is still in custody, especially because the conflict is financial rather than personal.

Illinois State troopers raided the Shorts' former Lincoln residence in the 500 block of North Hamilton Street in December after a tip from an unidentified source.

According to Huyett, John Short told police that he was a "master gardener" and grew the marijuana for medicinal purposes. The mushrooms were discovered later after digital pictures on a hard drive of the couple's computer revealed the mushrooms spores on a time-stamped photo dated two-months prior to the raid.

Diana Short, 46, remains in jail on $25,000 bond.

The latest charges filed against her involving the meth conspiracy include: two counts of unlawful criminal drug conspiracy, one a Class X felony, the other a Class I felony; unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing chemicals, a Class I felony; and solicitation, a Class II felony.

Short allegedly used a monitored jailhouse telephone to conspire with her 24-year-old daughter, Brianna D. Strohl, also of Lincoln a plan to provide meth ingredients to a meth "cook" so Strohl could generate bond money.

Strohl also remains held in lieu of bond.


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Ex-police officer pleads guilty [Re: veggie]
    #4654925 - 09/13/05 02:40 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

http://www.pjstar.com/stories/091305/REG_B7HTBFQL.017.shtml

Ex-police officer pleads guilty

Lincoln woman faces from nine to 37 years in prison on drug charges




Tuesday, September 13, 2005

BY JAMES WASHBURN

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LINCOLN - Former Lincoln Police Cpl. Diana R. Short pleaded guilty last week, formally admitting she grew marijuana in the basement of her home and conspired with her daughter to manufacture methamphetamine.

Short, 46, faces at least nine and up to 37 years in prison when she is sentenced at 11 a.m. Oct. 6.

The former police officer pleaded guilty to six drug and weapons charges in exchange for the dismissal of seven drug-related criminal felonies, according to court records.

The agreement did not address any specific sentencing recommendations.

Short pleaded guilty to unlawful criminal drug conspiracy, a Class X felony, stemming from a thwarted plot between Short and her 22-year-old daughter Brianna Strohl to manufacture meth to raise bond money for Short, who was being held in lieu of $7,500 at the Logan County Safety Complex.

The other charges to which she pleaded guilty stem from evidence Illinois State Police recovered at Short's former residence in the 500 block of North Hamilton Street during a raid in December.

Those charges include unlawful manufacture of marijuana with the intent to deliver, a Class 2 felony; official misconduct, a Class 3 felony; filing a false affidavit, a Class 4 felony; and two Class A misdemeanors for possessing illegal firearms.

Charges including controlled substance trafficking and unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, both Class X felonies; criminal drug conspiracy and unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing chemicals, both Class 1 felonies; unlawful manufacture of marijuana and solicitation, both Class 2 felonies; and unlawful production of marijuana plants, a Class 3 felony were dismissed in exchange for the plea.

During their raid, police recovered 25 marijuana plants, psilocybin spores capable of developing into hallucinogenic mushrooms and three illegal handguns in the basement of the house that were owned by the former officer and her 41-year-old husband, John Short.

John Short pleaded guilty to growing marijuana and mushroom spores Aug. 4 and was sentenced to six years in prison.


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Re: Ex-police officer pleads guilty [Re: motaman]
    #4708108 - 09/25/05 03:21 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Former Lincoln cop's daughter pleads guilty
September 25, 2005 - pantagraph.com

LINCOLN -- A former cop's daughter pleaded guilty Thursday to the charge of conspiring with her mother, former Lincoln police Cpl. Diana Short, to produce methamphetamine as a means of raising $75,000 in bond money for Short's release.

Brianna D. Strohl, 24, of Lincoln was sentenced Thursday to 48 months probation and 180 days in jail after her guilty plea to Logan County Circuit Judge David Coogan.

According to court records, Strohl pleaded guilty to criminal drug conspiracy, a Class II felony, which allows up to seven years in prison.

As part of her plea agreement, Logan County State's Attorney Tim Huyett agreed to dismiss a Class X conspiracy charge and unlawful possession of meth manufacturing chemicals, a Class I felony.

Along with her time on probation and 180 days in jail, she was credited for being jailed the past 53 days but must pay certain fees, including court costs, a $100 lab fee and a $2,000 mandatory assessment.

On Sept. 8, Short, 46, reached a plea agreement with Huyett that will result in dismissal of seven drug related charges, by pleading guilty to unlawful criminal drug conspiracy, unlawful manufacture of marijuana with intent to deliver, official misconduct and two counts of possession of illegal firearms.

Short and her husband, John Short, 41, were arrested in a raid of their North Hamilton Street home last December. Police found 25 marijuana plants and psilocybin spores capable of producing hallucinogenic mushrooms.

John Short pleaded guilty Aug. 4 to drug charges relating to the raid and was sentenced to six years in prison, along with a total of $4,000 in assessments plus court costs, according to court records.

Short faces up to 37 years in prison when she is sentenced Oct. 6.


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Former officer gets 20 years [Re: veggie]
    #4866591 - 10/29/05 11:44 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Former officer gets 20 years
October 29, 2005 - sj-r.com

Convictions in marijuana, meth cases land Short in prison
LINCOLN - A former Lincoln police officer was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for growing marijuana inside her home and conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine while she was in jail awaiting trial.

Diana Short, 46, received from Associate Circuit Judge Charles Feeney five years' imprisonment for the marijuana conviction and a 15-year consecutive prison stay for the thwarted meth conspiracy.

Logan County State's Attorney Tim Huyett spent the vast majority of the 41/2-hour sentencing hearing outlining a litany of criminal offenses he said Short committed during the past three years, including while serving as a police officer.

Working from a tip provided by an former boyfriend of Short's daughter, an Illinois State Police task force arrested Short and her 41-year-old husband in December following a raid of their home. Authorities discovered a sophisticated "grow room" in their basement containing 25 marijuana plants.

In addition to several illegal handguns found throughout the house, police recovered liquid psilocybin spores - capable of being grown into illicit hallucinogenic mushrooms - in syringes inside the couple's refrigerator.

Additional charges of solicitation and unlawful criminal drug conspiracy were lodged against Short for planning to produce meth with her 22-year-old daughter, Brianna Strohl; a 20-year-old Lincoln woman with whom Short has had a mother-like relationship; and several inmates at the jail where Short was being held.

The plot was an effort to raise bail money for Short and another female inmate, Huyett said.

"This was a major operation," Huyett said of the Shorts' marijuana grow room, which had been operational for two years. "Police officers, of all people, should know that if you commit a serious crime, you should expect a serious punishment."

Short faced a maximum prison term of 37 years.

Huyett requested a 30-year sentence after showing the court nearly two dozen photographs to visually reinforce the extent of the Shorts’ marijuana operation, and played more than an hour of excerpts from recorded telephone conversations implicating Short and the others in their meth conspiracy.

“This is not the middle-of-the-road type of case,” he said. “And there is no doubt about it that methamphetamine is a poison in this community.”

He reiterated to Feeney that Short planned to sell the meth so she and the other inmate could be released from jail and drive to Chicago to purchase more meth ingredients. After that, Short planned to have more meth “cooked” so they could free her husband, John Short, Huyett said.

“I have got to get out of here,” Diana Short said in one of the recorded excerpts. “I just have to - I’m going nuts.”

Defense attorney Joel Diers, who was appointed to represent Short on the meth charge, told Feeney he should not focus entirely on the 2? years Short was engaged in criminal activity.

“She’s lost just about everything she’s worked so hard for,” Diers said, referring to her imprisoned husband, the foreclosure of their mortgage and the loss of her job and reputation.

“I don’t know how much more responsibility Diana Short can take than by walking in here Sept. 8 and pleading guilty,” Diers added.

“The picture of Diana Short is not complete by looking at a grow room or listening to some tough phone calls. This was an incredibly desperate person. I think 30 years in this case is way out of whack.”

Strohl, who previously pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of unlawful criminal drug conspiracy, was sentenced to 48 months’ probation and six months in jail.

John Short reached a plea agreement with Huyett in August and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Diana Short also was sentenced to a two-year concurrent term for official misconduct, a one-year concurrent term for perjury and two 364-day concurrent jail terms for the illegal handguns. She was fined $10,000, plus court costs.

With day-for-day credit for good behavior and half-day credit for schooling and vocational training, she could be released from prison in less than 10 years.


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