Cameron County deputies foil plot to smuggle marijuana in Tupperware

Matthew Joseph Wi // Cameron County Jail Photo

Four Dallas area men are behind bars in the Rio Grande Valley after being arrested in an alleged plot to smuggle marijuana inside vacuum-sealed Tupperware.

Cameron County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested Matthew Joseph Wi, Andrew Charles Brubaker, Jacob Anthony Rodriguez and John Won Yi on Thursday.

Court records released on Saturday show that the four men were arrested in a plot to ship marijuana in a FedEx package from Brownsville to the Dallas area.

Deputies working drug interdiction duties saw Wi and Brubaker enter the FedEx Kinko's off Expressway 77/83 and Price Road.

Wi told the clerk that he was shipping "dishes" and paid $300 dollars to have it shipped.

Deputies reported that Brubaker drew their attention because he kept looking around the store.

Investigators asked the men to look inside their package and found 13 pounds of marijuana inside Tupperware, which was vacuum-sealed inside plastic wrapping.

Deputies went to their room at the Motel 6 off FM 802 and Expressway 77/83 where investigators reported a heavy marijuana odor.

Both Rodriguez and Yi were allegedly inside the hotel room with cellophone wrapping and shipping materials similar to those used to hide the marijuana.

All four men were arrested under marijuana charges and remained behind bars at the Cameron County Jail as of Saturday afternoon.

Court records show that Wi, Yi and Rodriguez had criminal records for various crimes ranging from drugs to burglary to DWI and theft in Dallas and other surrounding cities.

Public records show that Wi and Brubaker live two blocks away from each other in the same neighborhood in Garland while Yi lives in McKinney and Rodriguez lives in northeast Dallas.