Makeup seized in $700000 raid contained feces

Captain Marc Reina

"Many of those good are not properly screened, tested or regulated, which in turn can jeopardize the safety of our citizens", said LAPD Capt. Marc Reina.

Make-up brushes are seen backstage before the Sangue Novo Fall/Winter 2018/19 collection show during Lisbon Fashion Week, Portugal March 9, 2018.

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.

Trending: Will Shinzo Abe Resign? Detective Rick Ishitani of the LAPD told the news station that the cosmetics' price reveals whether it is counterfeit or not. A similar discovery was made from the cosmetics seized on Thursday. Caught off guard when the customers said they purchased the beauty products in Santee Alley, the Anti-Piracy Unit went undercover to test the products.

Aside from the feces, some of the products were also contaminated with bacteria.

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Los Angeles police warned about the dangers of using counterfeit cosmetics and urged the public to use common sense when purchasing on the street.

You've heard the statistics about consumers being deceived, and you've read the horror stories about the frightening reactions they can cause, but counterfeit cosmetics continue to be a pervasive problem in the industry despite the efforts of brands and law enforcement agencies.

"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", he continued.

The six people arrested in Thursday's raid will likely be charged with trademark violations of major brands, according to KTLA.

Another 15 people are served with cease and desist orders.

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