400,000+ items of ‘fake’ Botox, stem cells and breast enhancement injectables, valued at an estimated 80 million baht, have been seized by DSI (Department of Special Investigation) and officials from the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Intellectual Property from 12 locations around Bangkok.
The investigation, culminating in Wednesday’s seizures, have been going for two years as officials followed the money trails of the beauty enhancement network involved in the import of the fake or sub-standard products.
Thai PBS reports that the dodgy beauty enhancement products were offered through Instagram and Line accounts to customers and through ‘beauty clinics’ specifically set up to sell the fake medications and materials.
Funds in the bank accounts of the people arrested in the wider network was up to 800 million baht. DSI officials say they will also file charges of money laundering against the key suspects.
FDA officials are meanwhile warning women of the health threats associated with the use of fillers, Botox and collagen purchased online or from unregistered beauty clinics.
The officials raided 12 storage locations around Bangkok – a clinic and a company in Suan Luang, Hua Mark, Happy Land, Bang Kapi, Wang Thong Lang, Lat Phrao, Ratchadapisek, Sukhumvit, Suriwong and Din Daeng.
SOURCE: Thai PBS
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