During his 28-year law enforcement career, Jeff Palmer busted well over a thousand Mississippians for selling drugs, sending many to prison.

When he retired as a deputy on Oct. 1, Tishomingo County Sheriff Glenn Whitlock praised him with a plaque that read, “You have set an example to be followed in the future and cherished by those fortunate enough to have experienced for ourselves.”

But documents obtained by The Clarion-Ledger paint a much different picture.

While working for the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Palmer forged the names of fellow agents to obtain drug buy money and initiated cases in other agents’ names, documents allege.

He flunked a polygraph test that asked him about using drug buy money for “personal use.”

At the district attorney’s request, a judge here has dismissed more than 30 cases Palmer brought — and other cases could be in jeopardy, including those that put people behind bars or marked them as felons.

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