Investigators seize $700K worth of counterfeit makeup in LA's fashion district

16 April, 2018, 06:59 | Author: Wade Massey
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The LAPD's Anti-Piracy Unit raided 21 locations in the city's downtown fashion district and seized fake cosmetics imitating popular brands like Urban Decay, NARS and MAC.

Detective Rick Ishitani told KABC companies must meet the expensive duty of meeting safety standards while makers of bootleg product don't. Even though numerous products looked exactly like their genuine counterparts, they tested positive for poop, bacteria and other products that definitely don't belong on a person's face. LAPD commanding officer Captain Marc Reina tweeted, with photos of the products from several stores.

Capt. Reina ended his tweet with "The best price is not always the best deal!"

"The price pretty much tells you".

Police received more complaints and officials conducted another bust. "They came back positive with a high level of bacterias and animal feces", Ishitani said.

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"SO GROSS! Never buy counterfeit products!"

The LAPD was tipped off by the brand-name companies, which received complaints from consumers who said they had rashes and bumps after using their products.

Researchers again found high levels of bacteria and feces in the cosmetics seized in Thursday's raid.

KTLA-5 reported six people were arrested and its anticipated they'll face a charge of "trademark violations of major brands". Officials also served a cease and desist order to 15 people.

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