Counterfeit makeup confiscated by the Los Angeles police tested positive for high levels of bacteria and animal waste.
On Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department seized approximately $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics in raids on 21 locations in Santee Alley, a Los Angeles fashion district.
Busted! Major Task Force hits 21 locations in the @LAFashionDist and nets $700,000 in Counterfeit cosmetics found to contain bacteria and human waste. The best price is not always the best deal! #ProtectingOurCommunity pic.twitter.com/gliJ8L2F9F
— Captain Marc Reina (@LAPDMarcReina) April 13, 2018
“Those feces will just basically somehow get mixed into the product they’re manufacturing in their garage or in their bathroom — wherever they’re manufacturing this stuff,” Detective Rick Ishitani told CNN.
The counterfeit cosmetics included brands such as Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics, Urban Decay, MAC and NARS. Although the packaging of the products appears authentic, the prices are significantly lower than those of the genuine cosmetics.
“If you’re getting something that’s 50 percent off, 75 percent off, it tells you that it’s bad,” Ishitani said.
Authorities were tipped off by the manufacturers of the brand-name products, which received complaints from consumers claiming that they had developed rashes and bumps after using their cosmetics. All of the complainants had purchased the counterfeit products in the Los Angeles fashion district.
Owners at six of the raided locations were arrested, while other operations received cease-and-desist orders.