Meridian lawmaker’s son arrested, again, on drug charges

Cord Charles Palmer
Cord Charles Palmer Provided by Elmore County Sheriff’s Office

The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office arrested Cord C. Palmer, 25, of Meridian, on Tuesday after finding 5.3 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.

Palmer is the son of Republican Rep. Joe Palmer and the brother of Meridian City Councilman Ty Palmer.

Cord Palmer is currently on parole following a 2012 drug conviction, according to the Idaho Department of Correction.

According to the sheriff’s office, on Tuesday Deputy Garrett Kinnan made a traffic stop in the 200 block of S. 2nd East in Mountain Home for a traffic violation. The driver and two occupants “were acting nervous and suspicious,” said a Wednesday statement from the sheriff’s office. The deputy brought in a drug-sniffing dog, which alerted on the vehicle.

During the search, deputies also found a small amount of methamphetamine and suspected acid strips in the car.

Palmer, the driver, was arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana and possession of methamphetamine. The other two occupants were released at the scene.

The car, a 2001 Volkswagen Passat, and $488 in cash were seized during the investigation.

Boise police arrested Palmer in December 2011 after officers caught him with 132 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and some marijuana in his car.

Fourth District Judge Thomas Neville sentenced Palmer to a five-year prison sentence but then retained jurisdiction — putting Palmer in a prison-based treatment program, commonly known as a “rider.” Palmer completed the program and is on parole.

Cynthia Sewell: 208-377-6428, @CynthiaSewell