Police in Vietnam said they busted an operation that had close to 345,000 used condoms which had been washed and prepared to be resold as new to unsuspecting customers.
As CNN reported, authorities confiscated the condoms in a warehouse in the province of Binh Duong, located in the southern part of the country. Video of the operation had been shown on the state-owned Vietnam Television (VTV), showing police with large bags scattered around the warehouse floor. The report noted that the bags weighed close to 800 pounds, leading to the estimate of 345,000 condoms inside.
A woman who was detained by authorities said that the used condoms were brought to them by an unknown person, with the gang receiving monthly shipments and paying 17 cents per kilogram for the recycled condoms. The woman said they boiled them in water and used a wooden phallus to reshape the condoms as they dried.
They were then allegedly repackaged and sold again to customers who did not know that they had been used. Authorities did not say how long the accused criminal enterprise had been pulling off the scheme, or how many may have already been sold.