Thursday, March 9, 2017

CBS2/KCAL Video of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms Arms Raid in Sierra Madre Emerges

Mod: By any chance do you recognize this house? Check out the video as well. A lot of information there. Text included with the video: "Federal agents were seen hauling away dozens of gun cases from the Sierra Madre home."

Click here for video

Mod: There is also the following brief article accompanying this CBS2/KCAL video.

Pasadena Police Officer Under Investigation By ATF (link): A search warrant was executed Thursday at a home owned by a Pasadena police officer, who has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal affairs review.

The officer is under investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to William Boyer, spokesman for Pasadena.

“The ATF told [Pasadena Police] Chief [Phillip] Sanchez its investigation was unrelated to the officer’s duties with the department,” Boyer wrote in a news release.

CBS2 cameras were there Thursday morning when federal agents loaded dozens of gun cases from the Sierra Madre home into an SUV and a van.

“The officer was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs review per department policy,” Boyer added. “The officer has not been arrested nor have there been any charges filed against the officer at this point.”

Mod: The Pasadena Star News also has coverage of this frightening event. I think their caution is unfortunate (they were somehow afraid to even mention Sierra Madre), but the article is still useful for its unintentional exposure of Pasadena's self-serving spokesperson and his desire to distance the Pasadena Police Department and his city from any connection to the ATF raid or their officer's involvement.

Pasadena police officer put on leave after ATF searches home (Pasadena Star News link): A high-ranking Pasadena police officer was put on paid administrative leave Thursday after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched his home.

City officials would not disclose details about the investigation or the officer’s identity. However, the individual is not represented by the Pasadena Police Officers’ Association, according to the union’s president.

The union covers rank-and-file officers and sergeants, but not upper management. Pasadena police commanders, lieutenants and the police chief are all unrepresented.

No arrests or charges were filed as of Friday afternoon.

Police Chief Phillip Sanchez was notified of the ATF’s investigation Wednesday night. The officer’s home was raided the following morning.

Video obtained by KCBS2 showed agents moving several large cases from the officer’s garage into SUVs parked in front of his home.

Kimberly Usher, a spokeswoman for ATF, declined to comment on the search because of the ongoing investigation.

Pasadena spokesman William Boyer said the ATF’s probe did not appear to center on “anything involving the officer’s work with the department.”

“The individual officer cooperated fully with ATF agents as they executed a search warrant of the officer’s home (Thursday) morning,” Boyer said. “Per the Department’s policy, Police Chief Sanchez placed the officer on paid administrative leave and initiated an internal affairs review of the matter.”

The search did not happen in Pasadena and the department is not working on the case, Boyer noted.

Mod: Isn't Boyer a wonder? The department is not working on this case because the Feds don't want them anywhere near their investigation. Any guesses why? For the rest of the PSN article click on the link provided above.

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78 comments:

  1. You got him! Just as the garage was closing I saw a Los Angeles class ICBM submarine, a B-1 bomber and the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch....one ...two...five! This man may very well be selling gun illegally but the type and number are still not known.

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    1. Now you're in denial. Good luck with that.

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    2. What was the point of this comment

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    3. Which comment?

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  2. Wow you really threw down the gauntlet there. "They removed dozens of weapons" and "freightening event", do you need a safe space fella?

    Maybe tomorrow you can report on the green parrots, and how they were sent here by Pol Pot to terrorize our children.

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    1. Parrots, huh? At least now we know where you get your information.

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    2. Gun troll things his guns are under attack. Typing while hiding under the bed

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  3. I'm wondering why more people are not disturbed by this. Also, this man has CLEARLY violated the law. Yet he is on PAID administrative leave. Hmmm...paid time off as a reward for being a uniformed criminal.

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    1. Standard procedure. Innocent till proven otherwise. Takes time. Sadly, plenty of losers in uniform though.

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    2. Lt. G-Money is enjoying the special privileges police officers enjoy when they run afoul of the law. I don't recommend you try it, though.

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    3. What metrics are you using to state he "clearly" violated the law. The charges that haven't been brought? The zero information from any source. Remove your foil hat and go get some sun.

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    4. People are entitled to their opinions. Please stop being a blog nanny. It's boring.

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    5. and calling people criminals without due process or any empirical evidence whatsoever while slandering them is unethical and wrong. But by all means, continue trying to beat up your neighbors through your keyboard, don't let me ruin your good time...

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    6. There are two words that come to my mind when some braindead fool tells me what I can and cannot say. The second of those two words is "You."

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    7. Ok super guy. That morsel of wittyness really shut me down. If you can't make an argument just call it a day.

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    8. when SMPD Officer Amos shot an unarmed sleepy man in the back, he was put on paid leave, returned to duty and was subsequently promoted

      go figure

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  4. For Immediate Release
    Thursday, June 30, 2016
    Phillip A. Talbert
    , United States Attorney
    Contact: Lauren Horwood
    916-554-2706
    www.justice.gov/usao-edca
    Former Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Unlawful Sale of Firearms
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Ryan McGowan, 34, of Elk Grove, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley to 18 months in prison and a $7,000 fine for dealing firearms without a license and for conspiracy to make a false statement on a firearms record, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

    Former Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy McGowan and his co-defendant Robert Snellings were convicted last year following a jury trial. Snellings, 64, of Rancho Murieta, a former federal firearms licensee, was sentenced last week to one year in prison.

    Under state law, California has an approved roster of firearms that may be sold to the public. A federal firearms licensee is required to make sure any handgun sold is on the approved roster. There is an exemption, however, for peace officers to purchase certain firearms known as “off-roster” firearms. Peace officers who own off-roster firearms may sell them in a private sale, so long as it is brokered by a federal firearms licensee. They may not, however, use these private sales to conduct a business whose principal objective is livelihood and profit through the repetitive purchase and resale of firearms.

    According to evidence produced at trial, McGowan used his position as a deputy sheriff to purchase off-roster guns at retail price and then because the firearms could not be purchased directly by the general public, resold them at an inflated price on the private market in California. From 2008 to 2011, McGowan purchased 41 handguns and sold 25 of them within a year after purchase. Thirty-three of the guns were purchased through Snellings Firearms, which was owned by co-defendant Snellings. Some of those weapons were then transferred back to Snellings personally, thereby allowing Snellings to own the weapons himself or sell them to the public.

    Both defendants were found guilty of conspiracies to make false statements in federal firearms records. In order to circumvent the restrictions on purchasing off-roster firearms, they falsely stated on ATF forms that a police officer was the actual purchaser when the actual purchaser of the off roster handgun was intended to be a non-officer who was not permitted to buy the gun. Therefore, McGowan and other police officers were acting as a straw purchasers who then transferred the handguns to the real purchasers within a short period of time.

    ATF Special Agent in Charge Jill A. Snyder stated: “Ryan McGowan used his position as a law enforcement officer to purchase firearms and sell them illegally. In doing so, he violated federal law and public trust.”

    This case was the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with the active involvement of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office and the Sacramento Police Department. The Roseville Police Department and other law enforcement agencies assisted. Assistant United States Attorneys William S. Wong and Michael D. Anderson prosecuted the case.

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  5. Under state law, California has an approved roster of firearms that may be sold to the public. A federal firearms licensee is required to make sure any handgun sold is on the approved roster. There is an exemption, however, for peace officers to purchase certain firearms known as “off-roster” firearms. Peace officers who own off-roster firearms may sell them in a private sale, so long as it is brokered by a federal firearms licensee. They may not, however, use these private sales to conduct a business whose principal objective is livelihood and profit through the repetitive purchase and resale of firearms.

    According to evidence produced at trial, McGowan used his position as a deputy sheriff to purchase off-roster guns at retail price and then because the firearms could not be purchased directly by the general public, resold them at an inflated price on the private market in California. From 2008 to 2011, McGowan purchased 41 handguns and sold 25 of them within a year after purchase. Thirty-three of the guns were purchased through Snellings Firearms, which was owned by co-defendant Snellings. Some of those weapons were then transferred back to Snellings personally, thereby allowing Snellings to own the weapons himself or sell them to the public.

    Both defendants were found guilty of conspiracies to make false statements in federal firearms records. In order to circumvent the restrictions on purchasing off-roster firearms, they falsely stated on ATF forms that a police officer was the actual purchaser when the actual purchaser of the off roster handgun was intended to be a non-officer who was not permitted to buy the gun. Therefore, McGowan and other police officers were acting as a straw purchasers who then transferred the handguns to the real purchasers within a short period of time.

    ATF Special Agent in Charge Jill A. Snyder stated: “Ryan McGowan used his position as a law enforcement officer to purchase firearms and sell them illegally. In doing so, he violated federal law and public trust.”

    This case was the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with the active involvement of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office and the Sacramento Police Department. The Roseville Police Department and other law enforcement agencies assisted. Assistant United States Attorneys William S. Wong and Michael D. Anderson prosecuted the case.

    Field Division: San Francisco Field Division

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  6. Why was CBS News there? Something is fishy about the ATF and the "secured lines of communication" that the department uses.
    Still, what's the big deal? Usually those types of "raids", or the Sheriffs when picking up a bail jumper from drug and alcoholic arrest, arrive professionally and quietly. Unless the Task Force and armored vehicle is put into use.
    Sierra Madre has not seen that type of operation for some time, that's more of a Pasadena tactical operation put into use for some of the roudy citizens living in that town.
    Someone from ATF was tipped off, or this was set up. The public may never have further information released, this is now internal affairs.
    It may prove to be "legal", but after the new law in January of this year, certain "guns" are not to be sold in California.

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    1. "Police Chief Phillip Sanchez was notified of the ATF’s investigation Wednesday night. The officer’s home was raided the following morning."

      That could have been the leak.

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    2. Yep. The same people who gave Gourdikian's identity to the Pasadena Weekly "off the record."

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  7. I hope that Assistant United States Attorneys William S. Wong and Michael D. Anderson are putting in as much hard work tracking down all the weapons given by our United States government to the drug Cartel in Mexico. What ever has happened with "Fast and Furious "? How is this government paying to care for the families of those slain officers that were murdered by guns given away to killers by our own government? Who has been held accountable?

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    1. Start yourself your own blog about it. See how it goes.

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  8. 7:27am. I "assumed" those individuals only worked inside the beltway. Now "we" really have a larger problem of leakage.

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  9. In this day and age all you have to do is goggle the house and the address and the owner comes up. More than likely someone within the department tipped off the ATF as well as the news crew that this was going down. This will only put the department under further scrutiny which is well needed. Sometimes the only thing that outshines arrogance is ignorance - whether or not what this individual was doing was legal or not ... and more than likely with the ATF being involved it's NOT ... the fact that he is the mouthpiece for the Police Department is extremely embarrassing to the force. there are many good cops out there ... unfortunately there are some who are not .. and they seem to get high profile positions and have an attitude of "I can get away with anything" ... apparently not so much in this case.

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  11. 8:06am. I'd be very cafeful since you felt the need to advertise this officer's house location.
    If I were you, I wouldn't stand out front of his home pointing a finger and shouting accusations or sit with the Moderator on the curb side, waiting for additional information.

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    1. Man up bub,don't fear the policeman,a crime is a crime.

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    2. This sounds like a threat. What's your motive here?

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  12. Yes the PoPo are a vicious gang of thugs never cross them publicly. There are better ways to rein them in.

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  13. Healthcare get it right.
    Repealing and replacing Obamacare.
    Three part process.

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    1. Repealing the ACA is very unpopular. If the GOP does that they will pay a heavy price in 2018.

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    2. 9:12, What better ways do you have to rein them in? Tell me how many times you have run into these thugs you are talking about? This sonds like more rhetoric.

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    3. Pasadena's PD is a dangerous overpaid joke.

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  14. The last JEDI question; "Who are you"? Dec. 15, 2017.

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  15. What the frack?

    Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said on Thursday that carbon dioxide was not a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with the global scientific consensus on climate change.

    Whoever said 'trump twitters while Rome burns' is right. We have to resist the alt-fact elite corporate swamp creatures.

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    1. Love it. Gotta quote you, 10:09.

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  16. Funny how gun nuts tend to be conservatives who prefer the strict constructionist, original intent of the founders view of US Constitutional interpretation (a la Scalia,) yet when it comes to the 2nd Amendment they never want to limit themselves to the flintlock muskets contemplated by those founders.

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    1. horrible argument 10:34. A well regulated militia would be able to counter any other well regulated force. Not that anyone is advocating for nuclear missiles and bunker busters, but to suggest that the 2nd amendment was intended for muskets only is disingenuous.

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    2. In your opinion do you think a militia is necessary?

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    3. In my opion, off roster firearms and muskets will be flying off the shelves, if the Iranian Revolutionary Guard continue testing and firing off Nuclear grade missles

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    4. Funny thing - it calls for a 'well regulated' militia... but they resist any kind of regulation

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    5. Not an argument. Just an observation re personal arms, since the not so strict construction we currently have allows for personal arms far more powerful than ever contemplated by the founders.

      But if you want to bring the strict construction militia clause into the mix, well then anything more than a musket for hunting or personal protection would indeed be prohibited. Greater fire power would be within the province of the militia or national defense forces. No one is saying that the well regulated armed forces should be hamstrung.

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  17. 10:34, I am 100% with you. Why do people need assault weapons, why should schools need guns, except to shoot grizzlies, a la our new Education Department head, Betsy billionaire de Vos, why do mentally ill people need guns (thank you Congress for just passing that)??? ONLY to fill the coffers of the NRA.

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    1. Man, you can't even buy unpasteurized cheese in this joint but let the bullets flow...

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    2. Those with hero delusions, the paranoid, cowards, and those who need to be armed to feel like a real man make up a significant part of the NRA and GOP base, so of course they'll allow the mentally ill to own guns. Besides, those people generally don't live near Senators and Members if the House so politicians don't care about the risks they impose on the rest of society to get votes.

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    3. What risk does an armed, law abiding citizen, pose to anyone? Thank your lucky stars that there are men and womem in world that are willing to defend you. Your commemt is a new low.

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    4. I'd hate to think that my family's well being is dependent upon some neighborhood clown with a semi-automatic weapon.

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    5. So you'd rather depend on the mercy of armed criminals?

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    6. The clown versus the crooks? Screwed either way.

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    7. 5:40 sounds good on paper but real life don't work that way

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  18. http://bloggingblue.com/2015/10/assault-rifles-cheese/

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  19. Waiting to Exhale!
    Don't trees give off carbon dioxide? Do the global scientists recommend that we cut them all down?

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    1. I rarely say this about anything or anyone, but that is so colossally stupid an argument that I'm confident no amount of fact, science, reason, or logic could change your closed mind.

      Besides, we wouldn't want exasperate you with any book learn'n.

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  20. Why do you crave unpasteurized cheese?

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    1. It is the choice of rebels and free thinkers.

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    2. and free drinkers

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    3. Why do you deny it?

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  21. Unless you have milk or a milk-product (cheese/yogurt/ice cream) that is labeled "raw" it is all pasteurized, to keep the bacteria count down.

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  22. Trees sequester carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. Global scientists would recommend that you plant more trees! 11:47 has it backwards.

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    1. 11:47 only source of news is breitbart.

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    2. Sorry pal, you lost him at your second word. 'Sequester' has too many syllables.

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  23. So then, global scientists are protecting their research dollars by saying the carbon dioxide that the human species give off is already accounted for? Why the cop out? If the earth is suffering from global warming, humans ARE to blame. Don't exhale!

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    1. Yep, you're absolutely right. It's the corporations that make trillions of dollars that are telling the truth, not those elitist scientists and their fancy doctorate degrees.

      That year and a half you spent in the marketing program at the University of Phoenix taught you more than those scientists will ever know.

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  24. Boyer is the Pasadena version of Sean Spicer.

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  25. Then the Democratic base is made up of unpasteurized cheese eating pink pussy hat wearing over the top drama mama's and papa's?

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  26. I'm sure Sean Spicer would like to take aim at some of those reporters. But it is so much more of a show to watch and hear the same questions being asked and repeated by the ever so vigilant WH press core!

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    1. Spicey is a buffoon. Like his boss.

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  27. Any info out there about the reality of a mafia-type gang, mainly Armenian, that hang out in Glendale? Do they sell guns? I know not PC but a question.

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    1. Weird accusation posed as a question

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    2. Just google Vasken Gourdikian + AGBU and Vasken Gourdikian + Middle East Club. You will find the search results to be very illuminating.

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    3. Bingo ... ATF and PPD just have to connect the dots... very sad ....

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  28. This guy makes $192,774.40, at least in 2012, and an additional $63,147.98 in benefits. Can someone afford a 2 million dollar house on that salary? (According to Zillow)

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  29. 5:29 pm. R aMepHKaHeII. O heHb IIpHRTHO IIO3HaKOMHTbCR.

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  30. ya forget to in-encrypt the msg buddy?

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  31. I'm sure SMPD Officer Dead Eye Amos was around the raid with his itchy trigger finger just looking for someone to shoot in back

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