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5 charged with importing unsafe toys to US

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NEW YORK (AP) - Federal prosecutors in New York say five people illegally imported unsafe toys from China into the U.S. with high lead content and other hazards.

The five Queens residents were arrested Wednesday on charges they violated copyright laws and the consumer product safety act.

3 of the defendants are Chinese nationals. The other two are naturalized U.S. citizens originally from China.

According to an indictment in Brooklyn, they imported toys that were choking hazards, or that contained other toxic chemicals.

They also imported and sold "knock-off" versions of toys that featured children's characters, like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer and Mickey Mouse.

Prosecutors say they seized dozens of illegal toys that were sold in stores around Queens and Brooklyn.

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