Army sergeant busted for dealing meth to undercover DEA agent

SGT Derek Calderon-Ramos being presented with an Army Achievement Medal for winning NCO of the Month in September 2014. (Facebook)

A Fort Bliss soldier is accused of dealing meth across state lines.

Arrest documents obtained by KFOX 14 outline the transactions made between an undercover DEA agent and SGT Derek Calderon.

On March 30, the agent travelled from Florida to Texas to purchase one pound of “Blue Crystal” Meth for $7,500.

The two met at a truck stop in east El Paso, where Calderon reportedly came dressed in his military fatigues.  During that time, the agent and soldier discussed future drug transactions.

A few days later, Calderon posted a video to his Instagram account boasting about all the cash he had, saying, “This is what I’m about.” The $100 bills that he flashes in the video had serial numbers matching those the DEA agent used in the meth  transaction.

Screenshot of Sgt. Calderon's Instagram video post.
Screenshot of Sgt. Calderon’s Instagram video post.

Less than two weeks after that first meeting in El Paso, the agent spoke to Calderon again to arrange to have one pound of meth shipped to Broward County, Florida.

The local Fox affiliate reported that 2 months after that package was received, Calderon was arrested in El Paso by Immigration and Customs Enforcement  agents.

According to the Facebook page of 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment– the Army Achievement Medal was awarded to Sgt Calderon for ‘NCO of the Month’ in September of 2014.

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  • Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

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