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Big butts lead to big trouble in federal court

Published Sep. 29, 2016

Times staff

TAMPA — A Town 'N Country hair stylist made $75,000 injecting bootleg, misbranded silicone into clients' buttocks, federal court records allege.

But one bottom belonged to an undercover operative, and now Isabel Colmenares, 56, could face prison time.

Colmenares, of 5609 Cresthill Drive, signed a federal plea agreement admitting to one count of receiving a misbranded drug or device with intent to deceive. The crime is punishable by as long as three years in prison.

Two bottles of silicone, labeled with the Spanish term for mineral oil, were found in her home in December, the record states. They had been imported from Colombia by way of Chicago.

In calls with the fake client, Colmenares pretended she would inject a natural gel, highly purified hyaluronic acid, the record states. She is not licensed to deliver injections or perform medical procedures. State records show she has been licensed as a barber since 2005.

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