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U.S. Customs seize 40,000 counterfeit condoms in Puerto Rico

Counterfeit brand condoms seized. (Picture Courtesy: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – U.S. Customs agents have seized more than 40,000 counterfeit brand condoms over a period of five days.

The condoms were discovered after samples were tested to show a low quality. Also, the packaging and how the delivery method was not consistent with how the legitimate merchandise is handled.

Ricardo Mayoral, a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations, said in a release, “The trafficking of counterfeit goods is simply illegal and in some cases, as this, it becomes a problem of public health.”

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a warning to consumers that counterfeit products are not subject to quality control and could contain dangerous substances, like rat feces or cyanide.

The acting Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico U.S. Customs and Border Protection Vernon Foret said in a release, “CBP works with its partners to protect consumers from imported products that threaten the health and safety of consumers.”

The counterfeit branded condoms were being imported into the U.S. from China. The exact location is still under investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

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