Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

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

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

Police seized hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of products which were cheap imitations of popular brands such as Urban Decay and Kylie Cosmetics. The LAPD made a similar raid in February after customers complained of getting rashes and bumps from using counterfeit makeup.

A Los Angeles Police Department task force seized $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics after raiding 21 locations in downtown's Fashion District, an LAPD spokesman said.

Officials said some of the products were contaminated with bacteria and human waste.

Officials arrested six people and the suspects will face charges of trademark violations of major brands. "They came back positive with a high level of bacterias and animal feces", Ishitani said.

LAPD Captain Marc Reina tweeted the results of the raid Thursday evening, reminding consumers that "the best price is not always the best deal!"

Another 15 people are served with cease and desist orders.

Detective Rick Ishitani told KABC companies must meet the expensive duty of meeting safety standards while makers of bootleg product don't.

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