$700000 worth of fake cosmetics seized by LAPD in downtown's Fashion District

Lula Sharp
April 16, 2018

Police Capt. Marc Reina announced the results of the operation Thursday evening on Twitter, adding that the fake cosmetics were "found to contain bacteria and human waste".

A Los Angeles Police Department task force raided 21 stores in LA's fashion district on Thursday, and wound up doing the fashion world a huge favor.

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Among the counterfeit products were those purported to be by Urban Decay and Kylie Cosmetics, both of which have seen rampant knockoffs. The investigation was initiated after customers called the actual cosmetic companies with complaints about rashes and bumps caused by the products. "If you're getting something that's 50 percent off, 75 percent off - it tells you that it's bad", Detective Rick Ishitani of the LAPD said. The products were tracked to the Fashion District, where officers did undercover buys. As for the bogus products, they are made where contaminants are rampant. 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. He explained this kind of contamination simply wouldn't happen with legitimate products because they're manufactured in proper facilities that adhere to safety standards. Another issue is that the packaging can be identical to some of the glossiest brands.

Authorities arrested six people, who are expected to be charged with trademark violations of major brands.

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