Sweet smell of arrest: 2 women busted for allegedly hawking bootleg perfumes, cosmetics

The business of fake goods carries a very real price, even for perfumes and cosmetics.

Two women aged 21 and 23 are under arrest after being caught with more than 16,000 fake branded perfumes and cosmetics allegedly meant to be sold online, police said yesterday.

The arrests happened on Aug. 6 after police were tipped off by the Singapore Customs department, who had on July 25 inspected a consignment consisting of 200 perfumes and cosmetics they suspected to be fake.

Photos of counterfeit perfumes taken by Singapore Police Force.
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Photos of counterfeit perfumes taken by Singapore Police Force.

Following an investigation by the police, officers raided two units located in Tampines North Drive and Sunview Road in Jurong, respectively, seizing the thousands of perfumes and cosmetics — including eyeshadow and lipstick — estimated to be worth more than S$800,000 (US$580,000), according to police.

The women were arrested during the raids, police said, adding that investigations are ongoing.

Those found guilty of importing, possessing or distributing goods with falsely applied trademarks for the purpose of trade may be fined S$100,000, jailed for up to five years, or both.

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