LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Customs inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport seized about 5,400 counterfeit M.A.C. makeup brushes arriving from China, officials said Monday.
The merchandise with a combined “domestic value” of $22,488 was seized in five shipments at an air cargo express consignment location between Jan. 20 and Feb. 11, said Jaime Ruiz of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).READ MORE: Young Boy Dead, 2 Others Wounded In Wilmington Shooting
The items — M.A.C. is a boutique brand of Estee Lauder — collectively had a combined “suggested retail price” of $112,500, Ruiz said.
“The illegal trade of unsafe counterfeit imports is harmful to U.S. consumers and the economy,” said Carlos Martel, CBP Acting Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles.READ MORE: Disneyland To Switch To New Genie Service On Wednesday
Customs officials say the trading of illegitimate goods is often linked to and provides funding for various other criminal enterprises.
In 2009, 14,841 seizures of counterfeit and pirated goods with a domestic value of $270.7 million were intercepted at U.S. ports of entry.MORE NEWS: US Surgeon General Visits King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science To Discuss Mental Health
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