Son of Miami-Dade police major gets boot camp for drug dealing

Tyler Palmer
Tyler Palmer Miami-Dade Corrections

The son of a Miami-Dade police major is being sent to a jail boot camp program as punishment for dealing drugs while living at his father’s home.

The sentence was handed down Friday, four months after detectives arrested Tyler Palmer, 20. Detectives said they found stashes of marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines and psychedelic mushrooms inside his bedroom.

Investigators also recorded numerous undercover videos of him selling drugs at a park near his father’s home in Southwest Miami-Dade.

The widely lauded military-style boot camp program entails some months behind bars with other cadets, house arrest and some period of probation. During the program, cadets receive “behavior modification” courses, job training and drug treatment.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Spencer Eig sentenced Palmer to the program, which is designed for young offenders with minimal criminal pasts. In all, he’ll be under court supervision for six years. If he stays trouble free, the charges will not count as convictions on his record.

“Judge Eig obviously gave the defendant a big break,” said Miami-Dade prosecutor Adam Korn. “I hope he makes the most of it.”

Palmer is the son of Arnold Palmer, who 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.

The elder Palmer headed the economic-crimes bureau until he was relieved of duty following his son’s arrest. The department has not said why the elder Palmer was relieved of duty, and it was unclear Friday whether he has returned to duty.