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Woman Charged in LA With Illegally Importing Mercury-Laden Skin Cream

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Woman charged in LA with illegally importing mercury-laden skin creams

LOS ANGELES (FOXLA) — A 30-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday on federal charges filed in Los Angeles related to skin care creams containing dangerous levels of mercury that she allegedly sold through advertisements on Facebook with promises that the illegal products could lighten skin color, remove age spots and treat acne.

Maria Estela Esparza Magallanes allegedly smuggled the creams into the United States from Mexico and marketed the products under the names, Crema Esparza and Crema Jimena, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Magallanes — who would face up to 26 years in prison if convicted as charged — is expected to make her first court appearance this afternoon in federal court in Fresno.

The three-count complaint, the result of an investigation by special agents with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, charges […]

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