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).

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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.

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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.

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