Suspects arrested in downtown Los Angeles for selling counterfeit contact lenses in Los Angeles

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July 16, 2021

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Commercial Crime Division, the Illicit Medicines and Counterfeiting Division (IPCU), arrested three people in multiple locations in downtown Los Angeles for selling counterfeit contact lenses to undercover agents.

The suspects operated and sold counterfeit contact lenses in stores in downtown Los Angeles. IPCU detectives also seized fake makeup and illegal fireworks during their investigation. California Department of Health investigators backed the investigation and confirmed that contact lenses are classified as medical devices and should only be sold by licensed healthcare professionals.

From the numerous confiscated contact lenses, samples were examined on site by the brand manufacturer and classified as counterfeiting in violation of registered and registered trademarks. All three suspects were arrested for selling medical devices without a license.

Buying counterfeit products can be harmful to your health. In many cases, counterfeit medical devices and cosmetic materials are known to cause serious side effects such as infection, facial paralysis, tissue death, and blindness. Manufacturers of counterfeit products are not required to meet the same strict standards of materials and safety testing.

To avoid the risk of buying counterfeit products, only buy from authorized medical providers or directly from the manufacturers, carefully researching the names and locations of your suppliers.

Suspect-1: Sulmi Gonzalez-Calderon, 42 years old, Los Angeles resident
Location of Arrest: 1200 block on Maple Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Fee: 11352.1 H&S – Unlicensed Prescription Drug Delivery.

Suspect-2: Karla Lopez-Meza, 33, resident of Los Angeles Los
Location of Arrest: 300 block on E. Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Fee: 11352.1 H&S – Unlicensed Prescription Drug Delivery.

Suspect-3: Eulalia Pacherrez, 50 years old, Los Angeles resident
Location of Arrest: 1000 Block of Santee Alley, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Fee: 11352.1 H&S – Unlicensed Prescription Drug Delivery.

Anyone with information about fake crime is encouraged to contact Commercial Crimes Detectives at 213-486-6940. Outside business hours or on weekends, calls should be made to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters can also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” under the “Anonymous Web Tips” menu to submit an online tip. Finally, tipsters can also download the P3 Tips mobile app and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


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