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Guys and dolls and drugs: Toy company accused of laundering millions in dirty money

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These little cuties are available from Woody Toys in the City of Industry -- or were, before the company was indicted on charges of funneling millions in drug money.

Employees of a City of Industry toy company were arrested today in a money laundering scheme that allegedly funneled millions of dollars in Colombian and Mexican drug money, ICE officials announced.

Five people from Woody Toys -- two owners and three company employees -- were arrested and charged with evading federal reporting requirements for financial transactions, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Two Mexican toy dealers also were arrested earlier this month on similar charges, the agency said. Woody Toys co-owner Jia Hui Zhou and toy dealer Luis Ernesto Flores Rivera are additionally charged with conspiring to launder money.

It is believed that at least $6 million in drug money was channeled through Woody Toys between 2005 and 2011.

Based on its website, Woody Toys seems to specialize in adorably fluffy (but cheaply made) dolls. Products include “Farm Frenz,” “Jungle Pals” and “Sea Cuddles.”

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