Confiscated Counterfeit Makeup Worth $700000 Had Bacteria, Feces, LAPD Says

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Captain Marc Reina, Commanding Officer of LAPD's Central Division, tweeted details and photos from the raid, adding, "The best price is not always the best deal!"

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? Among the counterfeit products were those purported to be by Urban Decay and Kylie Cosmetics, both of which have seen rampant knockoffs. "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 investigation was initiated after customers called the actual cosmetic companies with complaints about rashes and bumps caused by the products.

Researchers again found high levels of bacteria and feces in the cosmetics seized in Thursday's raid. When their lab tested the contents, they discovered the products were full of shit - figuratively and literally.

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

KTLA-5 reported six people were arrested and its anticipated they'll face a charge of "trademark violations of major brands".

Another 15 people are served with cease and desist orders.

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

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