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Drug Bust Nets Heroin Stuffed in Build-A-Bear Toys

AP
Sunday, 5 Jul 2009 | 10:21 AM ET

A dozen people have been arrested, and 33 pounds of heroin worth $30 million and stuffed insideBuild-A-Bear toys has been seized in a drug bust in the Bronx.

The arrests late Friday afternoon were announced Saturday by the New York office of the Drug Enforcement Administration along with city and state police.

The authorities say the arrests broke up a drug ring that each week sold hundreds of thousands of small bags of drugs.

The drugs were stamped with such brand names as Barack Obama, Swine Flu and Crime 360.

Authorities say $150,000 in cash was also seized and the drugs were distributed in New Jersey and New York.

A Build-A-Bear spokeswoman said the company had not been contacted by state, local or federal authorities regarding the situation.

"Although our name was included in the story, this is clearly not about our product or our stores," the spokeswoman said.

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