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Cops: Woman Performed Illegal Breast Implant Surgeries At Hair Salon

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Mug shot of Carmel Foster. (Credit: Smith County Sheriff's Office)

Mug shot of Carmel Foster. (Credit: Smith County Sheriff’s Office)

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TYLER, Texas (CBS Houston) — Tyler authorities say a woman performed illegal breast implant surgeries at the hair salon she owns.

Police are on the hunt for Carmel Foster, owner of Queen Divas Hair Salon and Spa, after she allegedly performed multiple illegal breast augmentation surgeries with an unidentified substance. The Food and Drug Administration will be investigating what the substance is.

Officer Donald Martin told CBS Houston that the family of victim Sheena Bradford formally filed the complaint after being admitted to the hospital for post-surgery complications.

“She became very ill – her chest was swollen, and she was complaining of a lot of pain,” he said, adding that she took herself to a local hospital in Long View after the botched Feb. 15 procedure. “They admitted her … and she went into critical condition.”

Four days later, Bradford’s family spoke with authorities in Tyler. And Bradford is not Foster’s only alleged victim.

“The victim’s cousin had a procedure done there two or three weeks prior,” Martin added. “There will probably be numerous other victims.”

In a report provided to CBS Houston by the Tyler Police Department, two arrest warrants are out for Foster for practicing medicine without a license. The offense is a third-degree felony.

This is not Foster’s first run-in with the law. According to records on the Smith County website, she also faced charges in 2006 for multiple moving violations, and in 2009 for theft of a telecommunication service.

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