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

Police find animal waste in bootleg makeup

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has uncovered US$700,000 (NZ$951,950) worth of counterfeit makeup containing human faeces.

Trending: Will Shinzo Abe Resign? However, when you see your favorite products offered at 50% to 75% off (and not directly from the brand retailer), this is most likely a counterfeit.

Photos tweeted by LAPD Captain Marc Reina show the makeup stands selling popular brands such as Kylie and Urban Decay. Subsequent tests found bacteria and animal feces, the station reported. Ishitani said the only way some people find out is when they open the product, which isn't allowed at the businesses in Santee Alley. 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.

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Lee County Fire and Rescue a sent crews to assist in the "mass causality incident", the agency said in a Facebook post. South Carolina Department of Corrections did not immediately return a request for comment Monday morning.

The counterfeit products were uncovered in a raid of 21 stores in the city's Fashion District, notes Los Angeles television station KABC.

"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 KABC.

The six individuals arrested in rsquo & Thursday;s raid is going to be billed with trademark violations of major brands, " based to KTLA. The other operations received cease-and-desist orders.

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