Son of Miami-Dade police major caught on camera
Newly released undercover surveillance video shows the son of a Miami-Dade police major allegedly selling drugs from a car near the home he shares with his father.
The footage shows Tyler Palmer, 20, driving by two men idling in their own car near a park in Southwest Miami-Dade, blocks from his home. Investigators believe it shows Palmer handing one of them drugs in exchange for money.
The video, shot covertly by police detectives who hid in their own cars near the park, was released by prosecutors on Tuesday as part of the criminal case against Tyler. He is out of jail on house arrest while awaiting trial on drug trafficking charges.
Tyler Palmer is the son of Maj. Arnold Palmer, who headed the economic-crimes bureau until he was relieved of duty following the arrest. The department has not said why the elder Palmer was relieved of duty.
Investigators are looking into whether Palmer knew about his son's alleged dope dealing.
In May, internal-affairs detectives raided their home and arrested Tyler Palmer, charging 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.
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.