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

Counterfeit makeup seized during an LAPD raid in the Fashion District

Counterfeit makeup seized during an LAPD raid in the Fashion District

After receiving a tip from name-brand companies, who received complaints about the counterfeit products causing rashes and other intense reactions, cops raided 21 different locations in Santee Alley, a Los Angeles fashion district.

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The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has uncovered US$700,000 (NZ$951,950) worth of counterfeit makeup containing human faeces. Counterfeit cosmetics, however, do not meet those standards. When customers revealed they bought the products in Santee Alley, the Anti-Piracy Unit swooped in doing undercover buys to test the products. As for the bogus products, they are made where contaminants are rampant.


"If you're getting something that's 50 percent off, 75 percent off - it tells you that it's bad", Ishitani told KABC.

Because these products are often being formulated in unsanitary and unregulated environments (like people's bathrooms or garages) they can get contaminated easily. Among the counterfeit products were those purported to be by Urban Decay and Kylie Cosmetics, both of which have seen rampant knockoffs. Detective Rick Ishitani of the LAPD told the news station that the cosmetics' price reveals whether it is counterfeit or not.

Of the shops raided, KABC reports that six of the owners were arrested, and rest received cease-and-desist orders.

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