December 19th, 2008
08:31 PM ET
5 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. CAROLE

    You have to love these folks. I mean the same church that the demons were put into or taken out of Sarah, burns! Sarah is so conceited she thinks it is about her. Isn't everything about that narcissistic moron? Then, we all know this so called baby daddy was in the pics with Jack Daniels along with the illustrious governors daughter that they draped her belly when she hit the scene as VP pick.

    With all the drama in the Palin household, can I ask why would her daughter be involved with anyone other than people like this? Birds of a feather............end up on television on Thanksgiving.

    What a wedding reception this ought to be.

    But all in all, GOVERNOR PALIN IS 'PALIN' AROUND' WITH DRUG DEALERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 19, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  2. chascates

    ADN.com reports it was oxycontin. And I'm sure it was medicinal oxycontin.

    December 19, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  3. Dave

    Palin knew a drug dealer. Obama was a drug user. Maybe the kids mom and Obama can get together!

    I guess snarky comments about Obama are not allowed, eh moderators!

    December 19, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  4. GlamisFreak

    Title: "Drug arrest in Palin's hometown". What in the world are the liberal jerks thinking? A drug arrest? that is funny! What about all the millions of drug arrests and MURDERS in Obama's hometowns? We're talking Kenya, Indonesia and Chicago What a joke. Why don't the liberals clean up their backyard before digging into others?

    December 19, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  5. Tina, NC

    I hear Jerry Springer's producer is looking at the Palin Bunch for new show ideas.

    Boy am I glad we dodged that bullet!

    December 19, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  6. Really?

    It seems that CNN wanted to make a point that like the Ayer's situation that the Republicans quickly jumped on the Democrat's would jump all over this as well, which appears to be all too true.

    I don't like Palin one bit myself, but this obviously shows that the war on drugs does not work. Even the mother of a soon to be son in law of a public figure has turned to dealing drugs. Even most elected officials have partaken in the use of drugs and most of them still do (tobacco and alcohol may be legal, but they are still drugs and addictive). What is that makes it possible to outlaw one drug, but say another is perfectly fine to distribute to people of a certain age? Was any research done saying that at this age the health effects are not so bad or that at this particular age the user will be responsible enough to use the habit in a harmless manner? Where are those half baked numbers?

    Until our gov't and the rest of the brain washed liberals and conservatives realize how disgustingly hypocritical they have become of drugs they have never tried, nor researched for themselves, I will be saving my hard earned American money to go to places like Canada, Amsterdam, and British Columbia to enjoy the one life I have to live. I hope the rest of you enjoy you're war on drugs, war on terrorism, and war on gay marriage while I sit back in some small coffee shop enjoying a 'J' and not giving a...dime about how messed up ideology is around the entire the world.

    December 19, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  7. Texas Teacher

    ...did I hear someone say Trailer Trash?

    Sorry, I just couldn't resist! :)

    December 19, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. Paris Hilton

    (Heard at Thanksgiving Day)

    "Now Sarah, stop carving that turkey and come into the living room and snort a few lines on the coffee table with your baby's Momma in Law and friends.

    December 19, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  9. Debbi

    WOW this WASILLA, ALASKA is some kind of little town... The babies are out having babies while the parents are smoking crack and meth at home .... CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS GROUP CAME THAT CLOSE TO BEING IN THE WHITE HOUSE .... Oh my goodness ......... Everything happens for a reason ... Thankfully the good lord was watching out for us, this group needs to attend a few more Sundays at church and less time having unprotected out of wedlock sex and doing drugs ...

    December 19, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  10. Pete -neighbor to Alaska

    Let's see how Sarah "winks" herself out of this one.

    This aint been a good year for her...first she is the cheerleader for McShame, gets fancy clothes, loses the election, loses the fancy clothes, gets back to ALASKA where her in law bro the trooper, still has his job then... her church burns down, and now this......what's next folks?

    December 19, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  11. Yikes! What next

    I sensed there was something fishy about the boyfriend when there wasn't a quick marriage. He probably wants out, and who could blame him. These Palin-type hypocrites make me sick. They think they can do anything they please, no matter how outrageous, and the rest of us should just smile and say how wonderful they are. The poor children are innocent. The actions of Ms. Palin, acting like a sex kitten, have to cause problems for the poor kids. If Jesus were here today, I don't think he'd condone Palin's conduct.

    December 19, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  12. Richard , Naples, Fl

    Mother had a 8 month baby , daughter had a baby out of wedlock, daughters stud is "sex on Skates" and not marriage mateial, his mom is busted hopping smack. Yikes this is Moral values 101 to 121 pull Viagra off the shelves up there please.

    December 19, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  13. Nick B in NH

    For those of you kool-aid drinking granolas that seem to think that this in any way is reflective upon Sarah Palin, you're an absolute moron. She's not palling around with drug dealers but your messiah does, in fact, pal around with black supremisicts and terrorists. Get a life, go back to your tree-hugging and SHUT UP. Gov. Palin is going to be the person that pulls us out of the depression that Obama and the liberals are going to cause.

    Palin 2012

    December 19, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  14. J.C.

    I am not a fan of Governor Palin, but attacking her family, especially on her teenage daughter has gone too far. Let he or she who has not had pre-marital sex or done drugs cast the first stone. Otherwise, what moral differences does it make for you to judge others? When celebrities get so much media attention for having a baby out of wedlock, how can you explain to your kids what's right? Come on people, get off your high horses!

    December 19, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  15. San Jose

    What better reason to legalize abortion. Poor kid, one grandma is an idiot, and the other is a meth head. Dear God I'm scared what is this world coming too???

    December 19, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  16. Bush Voters Sit This One Out

    Oh No! Someone is doing drugs. Legalize it all and take back the power from the prison gurads and the DEA, and the ONDCP.

    December 19, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  17. Anne C

    Looks like Sarah's chaste morals and Christian Values haven't made much of an impression on Bristol or Levi's family! What goes around comes around.

    December 19, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  18. Roberta

    Umm, big freaking deal? That boy is not responsible for raising his mother. The Palins are not responsible for raising his mother. This is a total non-issue.

    December 19, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  19. Bush Voters Sit This One Out

    At least the War on Drugs is working. I know it's very successful here in Los Angeles. Hell, I can't even score conaine without making a phone call.

    December 19, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  20. Erika

    ok, 1st why are some of you guys so hateful? Express your view point and move on, no need to get all nasty! 2nd it's news because she condemed Obama for knowing someone with a checkered past. She herself has people in her inner circle with their own demons. You can"t talk trash and not expect the favor to be returned.

    December 19, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  21. sandy

    I always knew that only in Alaska there are adults that do drugs and have children out of wedlock! Or so you would think by ready some of these comments. You people act like this is the only place this happens. This story has nothing to do with Gov. Palin. I'm sure if all of you haters looked into your closets, your mothers and fathers closets and so on you would all be surprised what you found. Get off your hater high horse. No one on here is free from wrongdoings. As far as Palin paling around with drug dealers at least she isn't an x coke head who more than likely paled around with dope heads, radicals and corrupt people for 20 years and continues too. Gotta love the chicago way of life. Sex, drugs, corruption and murder. Yea, I want to live there.

    December 19, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  22. Sharon

    Who taught Bristol how to form good judgment based upon sound moral values, Palin the absentee mother?

    December 19, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  23. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Wait until the GOP primaries in 2012, Sarah. You're going to hear all of this over and over and over; just like you did to Obama. Only this time the truth will be involved.

    Merry XMAS!

    December 19, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  24. floridian

    Gov. Palin pallin' around with druggies? Let's see, didn't all of you Obama supporters get rather upset when it was suggested that, at the time Presidential candidate, Obama was pallin' around with terrorists and felons and the likes of Ayers, Rezko and Wright? You all said that his relationships were not pallin' around - remember? Well, the article doesn't say that Gov. Palin was sitting on several boards with her future son-in-law's mother, or that she has given that same woman hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to pursue a favorite pastime. Crawl back into your holes all of you two-faced idiots.

    December 19, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  25. JT

    Geez you libs don't get it. Republicans are saved, so they can do whatever they want - let's talk about the stick in your eye, not the log in mine. Sarah was an unwed mom, as Bristol will be. If you are a white evangelical, that's just a beautiful way to say you are pro life. If you are a minority, or a Democrat, then is it simply evidence of the moral decay of the USA. Sarah hangs out with drug dealers and convicted felons? It's a big tent. Obama knows Blago? See, I told you he was crooked.

    December 19, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
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