Miami-Dade police major’s home raided, son charged with drug dealing

Tyler Palmer, son of Miami-Dade police Major Arnold Palmer.
Tyler Palmer, son of Miami-Dade police Major Arnold Palmer. Miami-Dade Corrections

Internal affairs detectives this week raided the house of a Miami-Dade police major and arrested his 20-year-old son on charges of dealing cocaine, marijuana and other drugs.

Tyler Palmer was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his father’s home in Southwest Miami-Dade, and remained jailed on Thursday evening.

His father, Miami-Dade Police Maj. Arnold Palmer, is listed on the department’s website as the major who oversees the economic crimes bureau. He was not arrested.

Whether the longtime major remains on active duty — and whether he had any idea about his son’s alleged drug dealing — remained unclear Thursday night. His son did not yet have a lawyer listed.

Tyler Palmer is charged with cocaine trafficking, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of hallucinogens and amphetamines.

According to an arrest report, Miami-Dade’s Professional Compliance Bureau — also known as internal affairs — served the search warrant at the Palmer home. Inside Tyler’s bedroom, detectives found eight clear storage bags of marijuana, plus a black cylinder containing the leafy drug, the report said.

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.

That’s not all. According to the report, detectives found two bottles with 15 suspected amphetamine pills, a black-and-green bong and a stash of hallucinogen mushrooms known as psilocybin.

Tyler Palmer, who is listed as “unemployed” on his arrest report, is being held on a $65,000 bond.

According to Arnold Palmer’s LinkedIn online profile, he 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.