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Woman arrested for selling tainted skin cream with 'dangerous levels of mercury' in CA including Kern County

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Posted at 5:26 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 20:34:43-05

KERN COUNTY, Calif. — Officials with the California U.S. Attorney’s Office are warning California residents about tainted skin cream allegedly sold on Facebook.

On Tuesday, 30-year-old Maria Magallanes of Tulare was arrested for allegedly smuggling then selling the tainted skin creams that reportedly contains "dangerous levels of mercury" on Facebook .

In a press release officials said Magallanes promised that the skin creams, from Mexico, "could lighten skin color, remove age spots and treat acne."

The affidavit in support of the complaint details how Magallanes sold the smuggled products to two specific victims and an undercover FDA-OCI agent with promises that the creams would treat various skin conditions and would lighten skin color.

Other reports said that authorities have found tainted creams all over California, including in Alameda, Orange, San Joaquin Kern, Sacramento, and Tulare counties.

Magallanes faces a statutory maximum sentence of 26 years in federal prison.