In a three-storey warehouse on the border between Chacarita and Paternal, far from Paris or Rome, the fragrances of the world had their place in Buenos Aires. But in this parallel world, the channel was called Chenel and Paco Rabanne had taken an "N" from the surname. The shed was invaded these days by order of the City Attorney and was eventually a real emporium of the perfumes truchos: they found more than 233 thousand products, including also cosmetics. And although the brands were altered but not falsified, what frightened us was that the bottles were filled with liquids of dubious origin stored in drums with poor hygienic conditions. It was an entire industry, but without control or habilitation.
They found more than 255,000 products of dubious origin.
The value of the merchandise found would exceed US $ 65 million. And the amount was such that they could not move the confiscated products. They had to invent them and put them in seat belts in the same shed.
The attack was made in Del Campo at 11:00 p.m. There were two detainees, brothers among them, accused of products potentially harmful to public health. As they had no record, both were released, but are still charged in the case.
The supposed essences were kept in drums, with which the pots were then filled.
The funny thing is that the people in charge of the warehouse filed complaints with the same prosecutor who is now investigating them, providing data on facilities that marketed apocryphal products just like them. In this way, they tried to nullify the competition.
The investigation is in charge of the prosecutor Celsa Ramírez, head of the Public Ministry in Crimes, Controversies and Sins 35, who ordered the search of the establishment with the authorization of Judge Pablo Casas. As determined, this company empty bottles imported from China and the boxes to mount imitation perfumes of recognized marks. Their names were slightly changed: Chennel, Chek Carolin Herrer, CK or, number 5 Chan, XZ of Paco Rabane, Dun, Chrstian Diors, were some of them.
"Chek Carolin Herrer," in a version that by the way did not come from New York.
The company filled the bottles with different liquids that were in drums without any control. "Concentrated One Millon" (sic), one said, referring to a perfume from Paco Rabanne's line. "Amour," said another. Already with its contents, each bottle was placed in a box, also with the name changed, but that emulated the original version of an imported brand. The boxes were sealed and marketed throughout the country, both in commercial establishments and on public roads.
Not only were there perfumes: they also found shadows, lipsticks, and blushes. And, to a lesser extent, handbags, jewelry and toys.
They also bought the boxes to pack the jars.
The owners of the establishment could not prove the origin of the products or that they passed the appropriate sanitary controls. Neither did they have the corresponding labeling issued by the National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT). The deposit, which has 20 meters of front by 100 meters of length, It was closed because it has not complied with any security measure. Although there was a lot of cardboard, the fire extinguishers were discharged.
The Municipal Police's Division of Crimes against Health participated in the operation, with the collaboration of the National Directorate of Migration, the General Direction of Public Space Supervision, the Governmental Control Agency of the City and the Crime Prevention Summary Division. Directorate of Customs Investigations.
The merchandise was seized, but it was so much that they had to leave it sealed in the same warehouse where it was found.
"The merchandise that was seized puts public health at risk because it was not controlled by ANMAT, "said promoter Ramírez." In addition, the products have not been subject to customs and taxation controls, and the responsible company has to explain the origin of the merchandise and face a possible 3 to 10 year imprisonment for violating Article 201 of the Penal Code.
Complicated perfumes can pose a danger to public health because they have not gone through any control.
This article applies to those who sell, supply, distribute or store for the purpose of marketing "drinking water, food or medical substances or dangerous goods to health, disguising its harmful nature."