West Miami-Dade

Little brother tries to help drug-dealing big brother and winds up with matching plea

Michael Palermo, 30, pled guilty to four charges in federal court.
Michael Palermo, 30, pled guilty to four charges in federal court.

Anyone who has ever been caught doing something forbidden in their parents’ house and gotten punished along with the younger sibling who tried to cover for them can relate to the Palermo brothers of West Miami-Dade.

Then again, Michael and Anthony Palermo didn’t get their car keys taken away and grounded by mom and dad. The Palermo sons were grounded by the law of the land and will be sent to their rooms — in federal prison.

Michael Palermo, 30, pleaded guilty on July 28 in U.S. District Court to all the charges in his indictment: maintaining a drug-involved premises; possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance; possession of a firearm and ammunition for a convicted felon; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Anthony Palermo, 27, didn’t find himself in trouble until Miami-Dade cops came to the Palermos’ home at 4620 SW 1115th Ave., still owned by Diana Palermo.

Anthony answered the door when Miami-Dade police came knocking on April 13. They asked permission to search the home. Anthony told them to get a search warrant.

While police went to comply with the Palermos’ Fourth Amendment rights, Anthony went into Michael’s bedroom. A video recorder in the house caught Anthony taking drugs and flushing them down the toilet, earning him the tampering with proceedings charge to which he pleaded guilty.

Also on video: Michael packaging drugs for resale, handling guns and cash from Feb. 25 through April 13. The guns in Michael’s possession — a no-no because he’s a convicted felon — included a Glock Model 26 semiautomatic handgun; a Springfield .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun; one Norinco SKS 7.62 semiautomatic rifle; and two Glock 9mm semiautomatic handguns.

U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro will let the Palermos know how long they’ll be on federal punishment on Oct. 13.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal