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Dealing drugs is a dangerous business and you can't count on not getting caught. Not even if you are the son of a Miami-Dade Police Department major and have other relatives on the force, and especially not if you leave evidence of your business lying around the house.
Last month in Florida, Tyler Palmer, 20, was arrested on suspicion of dealing drugs after a raid on his home yielded cocaine, marijuana, pills, and cash. The raid was initiated after an Internal Affairs investigation, reports the Miami Herald, but Palmer's dad and other relatives on the force are not considered involved for now.
Papa Don't Preach
Tyler Palmer is the son of Miami-Dade Police Major Arnold Palmer, who oversees economic crimes in the department, so dad is not on the streets rounding up drug dealers. Perhaps that is why he did not notice that his unemployed 20-year-old son had cocaine, marijuana, amphetamines, a scale, and over $3,000 in cash and a stash of clear plastic bags found in his room.
Reportedly, the Palmers have other relatives in the police department, although their identities and roles have not been reported. The department issued a statement regarding the arrest, saying, "The Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) acknowledges the arrest of Mr. Tyler Palmer, who is the relative of several MDPD employees. There is no indication at this time of any involvement by our employees in this case; as such, their statuses with the department remain unchanged. Due to the open nature of the investigation, we will not comment further."
The young man was in custody as of the latest reports on this story and is in the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. He faces drug possession and trafficking charges. If it's awkward for him in jail, given his ties to police, he can at least claim some street credit ... or house credit, as it were. The kid might not have been thinking ahead but he's probably the only guy in his cell who can claim he ran his drug business out of a cop's home.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, don't delay -- speak to a lawyer today. Many criminal defense attorneys consult for free or a minimal fee and will be happy to assess your case.