Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade police major relieved of duty after son’s arrest for drug dealing

Major Arnold Palmer
Major Arnold Palmer

A Miami-Dade police major has been relieved of duty weeks after investigators said they found marijuana, cocaine and hallucinogens in his son’s bedroom.

Maj. Arnold Palmer, who headed the economic-crimes bureau, is still being paid as internal affairs investigates him, the department said Wednesday. A police spokeswoman did not say exactly why he was relieved of duty.

Investigators, however, are still looking at whether Palmer knew about his son’s alleged dope dealing.

Earlier this month, internal-affairs detectives arrested Tyler Palmer, 20, and charged him with several felonies, including cocaine trafficking.

According to an arrest report, detectives found eight clear storage bags of marijuana, plus a black cylinder containing the drug, inside Tyler Palmer’s bedroom. The police also found three clear bags of suspected cocaine in a dresser, plus several zippered plastic bags of suspected cocaine under his bed in a box.

According to the report, detectives also found two bottles with 15 suspected amphetamine pills, a black-and-green bong and a stash of hallucinogen mushrooms, known as psilocybin.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Spencer Eig allowed Tyler Palmer to leave jail on house arrest, without posting bail. He made the decision despite objections from prosecutors, who asked for the standard $65,000 bond.

Arnold Palmer has been a Miami-Dade police officer since 1990. He served as lieutenant for 10 years, spearheading investigations into robberies, carjackings and street gangs.

Tyler Palmer’s mother and two uncles are also members of the police department.