December 19th, 2008
08:31 PM ET
6 years ago

Levi Johnston’s mom arrested on drug charges

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston joined the rest of the Palin family onstage during the Republican convention in September.
Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston joined the rest of the Palin family onstage during the Republican convention in September.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – After being thrust into the national spotlight during the presidential campaign, Alaska teenager Levi Johnston and his family are once again back in the headlines. His mother, Sherry Johnston, was arrested Thursday on drug charges by Alaska state police, the Anchorage Daily News reports.

Levi is the boyfriend of Bristol Palin, eldest daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was the 2008 vice presidential nominee. When Gov. Palin revealed that the two teenagers were having a baby out of wedlock it became a major news story shortly after she was chosen by Sen. John McCain to be his running mate.

CNN has confirmed that Sherry Johnston was arrested on six felony counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance at her home in Wasilla, Alaska.

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  1. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    And Sarah Palin had the nerve to say Bristol could be a spokes person for teen pregnancies like it's something new. Bristols had her own drug problems, seems like they keep it all in the family. PWT

    December 20, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  2. Palin 2012

    Wow, you liberals are freakin' crazy. I'm a police officer and can see the distance between Sarah Palin and her Daughter's boyfriend's Mother. Get over it. Don't you remember Geraldine Ferraro's Son? You silly Democrats still supported her. The distance between Ferraro's Son and Palin's Daughter's Boyfriend's Mother seems to be a lot closer to me. Ferraro's Son handed the undercover cop the cocaine for money right from his apartment.

    December 20, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  3. Pet

    What model parent they must all be.... How she was selling at cost... Was she hooking to purchase the drugs? Perhaps they were using Palin's plane to bring in the drugs?

    December 20, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  4. Sue

    The point – regardless of political affiliation – is that Ms. Palin believes she is justified in telling the rest of us how to conduct our lives, while her own family is clearly suffering from a lack of sound guidance. She needs to back off from her personal agenda and pay attention to matters closer to home.

    December 20, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  5. NEW, NEW YORKER.

    SUCH A NOBLE FAMILY ???

    December 20, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  6. SUZAN

    Sarah can pronounce Oxycontin correctly because it doesn't end in a g.

    December 20, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  7. JackieO

    LOL. There goes the moral majority. LOL.

    December 20, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  8. Eliza from Ohio for Obama

    I truly feel bad for what the family is having to go through with all the media coverage. It has to be difficult :(

    December 20, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  9. SUZAN

    "The shoe-throwing incident has made Sarah Palin want to be president even more. Free shoes! You betcha!"

    December 20, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  10. William Wirt

    Palin is palling around with drug dealers. Gotta love those family values of "real America".

    Palin is palling around with drug dealers. Gotta love those family values of "real America".

    Palin is palling around with drug dealers. Gotta love those family values of "real America".

    Palin is palling around with drug dealers. Gotta love those family values of "real America".

    Palin is palling around with drug dealers. Gotta love those family values of "real America".

    Palin is palling around with drug dealers. Gotta love those family values of "real America".

    December 20, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  11. SC

    It's all good breeds in ALASKA.

    December 20, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  12. trish, nc

    Gotta love those conservatives! The only reason THIS IS an issue is because Gov. Palin shoved GOP-invented FAMILY VALUES and GOP-invented REAL AMERICANS in everyone's faces.

    HYPOCRISY's the game; GOP's the name.....

    December 20, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  13. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz

    I JUST LOVE THESE PALIN PEOPLE ?????

    THEY HAVE THE MOPRALS OF A SEPERATIST RABBIT

    IN HEAT, YET THEY PREACH REPUBLICAN MORALITY

    ALL DAY LONG OR ALL CAMPAIGN LONG AS IT WERE.

    December 20, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  14. SUZAN

    When the governor was asked to comment on Sherry Johnston's Oxycontin arrest, she said "I did not know that using a figure of speech that combines two normally contradictory terms is illegal."

    December 20, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  15. David Goldman

    HEY, MAYBE THAT IS WHATS WRONG

    WITH SARAH, WAY TOO MUCH METH.

    December 20, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  16. PL

    Poor unborn kid. One Grandma is a Meth head and the other Grandma is the village idiot. This poor baby will never have a chance.

    December 20, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  17. doris estabrooks

    PALIN'S DAUGHTER BRISTOL WAS BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK.
    LOOKS LIKE BRISTOL'S BABY WILL BE BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK.
    WHY HAVEN'T THEY GOTTEN MARRIED? WHAT ARE THEY WAITING FOR, OR IS THAT THE CUSTOM IN THAT FAMILY? WHY
    WHY NO NEWS ABOUT THE BABY COMING, LIKE WHAT HOSPTIAL WILL THE BABY BE BORN IN. WILL ALL GRANDPARENTS BE AT THE BIRTH?
    SARAH PALIN NEEDS TO FORGET HER POLITICAL FUTURE AND CONCENTRATE ON BEING A MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER.

    December 20, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  18. Pete G

    Just another example that McCain didn't do his homework!! He is a great american, I just wish he picked a better running mate.. Palin was a disaster.... Palin=Too many questions... At a time when we needed none.. Pete G

    December 20, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  19. trisha2

    NOT NEWS. I don't care. Leave these people alone.

    Cover the crap going on in Illinois and leave this kid's mother alone. This has nothing to do with politics, and it's disturbing that all of these people are so ignorant and awful as to comment with "hillbilly," "trash," etc. Grow up and get lives outside of making fun of people you don't even know on the internet.

    December 20, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  20. j jones

    I guess his mom is a maverick as well...no?

    December 20, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  21. Colleen

    Come on, when is the witch hunt going to end. You really think this justifies a major headline on the homepage.
    The bias trying to make a story out of this is a joke.

    December 20, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  22. floydfix69

    just like the rest of america, with power, comes greed, so sad.

    December 20, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  23. SUZAN

    Man, did the cops miss a once-in-a-lifetime chance! They screwed the pooch in the PR sense. Imagine the headline, "Trooper Wooten Valiantly Collars Bristol's Future Ma-in(or out?)-Law! Details at 10!"

    December 20, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  24. realist

    its only news because of what so many others have said; that the republican party likes to act as if they are morally in the right in every situation, but as we can see that isn't the case. Who cares if obama tried drugs: a) I'm sure it was nothing to the extent that this woman got busted for and b) most americans have experimented with drugs. The real victims here are Levi for being caught up in this whole mess and the unborn child. Everyone needs to take a step back and realize what is actually at stake here. The election is over.

    December 20, 2008 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  25. Roger

    The Baby Jesus was born out of wedlock and is He is God in the flesh! Merry Christmas.

    December 21, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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