Officers discovered $700,000 in counterfeit luxury cosmetics being sold for a major discount, some of which tested positive for a "high level of bacterias and animal feces", according to ABC 7 in Los Angeles.
LAPD Captain Marc Reina tweeted the results of the raid Thursday evening, reminding consumers that "the best price is not always the best deal!"
"If you're getting something that's 50 percent off, 75 percent off, it tells you that it's bad", Ishitani told CNN.
Police raided the vendors Thursday after receiving complaints from customers that had gotten rashes and bumps after using counterfeit cosmetics, Detective Rick Ishitani told KTLA. When customers revealed they bought the products in Santee Alley, the Anti-Piracy Unit swooped in doing undercover buys to test the products. One of the latter, the Los Angeles Police Department, has been cracking down on knockoff makeup, and it's not just the amount of products they recently seized that's shocking - it's what was found in them.
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The cosmetics included brands such as Kylie, MAC and Anastasia - the reality television celebrity Kylie Jenner's cosmetics line. He added that legitimate cosmetic companies adhere to health and safety standards, which is costly.
The counterfeit products were uncovered in a raid of 21 stores in the city's Fashion District, notes Los Angeles television station KABC.
Six owners of raided companies were arrested while the rest received cease-and-desist orders.