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. Plain-Dumb

    Hillbilly trash!

    Palin got knocked up as a teen and so did her daughter... wow those christian values are working over time... and not teaching your kids any sex ed really did the job!

    Thank god that this woman never got close to the button.

    Sleeping easier in Seattle

    December 19, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  2. Lisa

    Too bad the First Dude spent so much time stalking his ex-brother in-law instead of finding out about the family of the young man that his daughter was engaged to.

    December 19, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  3. Shannon, NY

    And? We knew what kind of people they are, why are we surprised?

    December 19, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  4. Mesa Mick

    And this is the family that the whack job right wing evangelicals thinks is the second coming for the GOP. Certainly probably, you betcha...

    Turkey anyone?

    December 19, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  5. Peter (CA)

    We laugh at this because we love seeing the right wingers froth at the mouth and stutter their answers.

    Frankly, I could not care less as it was utterly apparent that Palin was not competent to hold national office. But the right wingers just foamed for a month on how she would carry the banner in 2012.

    Maybe not so much now. Believe me, if you think this is the last "oops" on Palin's resume, keep watching. It will look like a soap opera.

    December 19, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  6. S Callahan

    It's probably some type of anexity Rx drug......sad for her and for her son.....

    December 19, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  7. joe

    that's the the holier than thou concept, well sarah, if mom's got drugs i wonder about my boy

    December 19, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  8. Mark

    Sarah Palin should stop praying to God & start praying that her Grandkid will see age 21

    December 19, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  9. God

    Thou shalt not distribute drugs....

    December 19, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  10. Birdy

    It is scary to think this family was even close to the White House.

    Palin, Obama, and McCain have all admitted drug use in their day but this lady has no excuse when she has a son who has a baby on the way and looks to her for guidance on parenting.

    December 19, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    interesting...she was selling oxy's (OxyContin). this epidemic has officially reached the whole continental U.S.

    December 19, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  12. Dennis

    People – get a life. Palin's hometown? Marion Barry and several others have been arrested, had their hands slapped and it was no big deal. But to jump on this shows just how desperate you liberal idiots are. Next thing you know you will be trying to prove she got her drugs from Sarah Palin. You lilly livered, spineless do gooders not only lack morals, you lack common sense as well.

    Again I say – get a real job, get a life, become part of the solution, not the problem.

    December 20, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  13. ATX

    NoBamaOsama, why don't you go back to bleaching your white hood and robe you racist friggin' idiot. Clinton "didn't" inhale and Dubya was a drunk cokehead back in the day, but I'm sure that's OK by you. Alright because all white? Moron.

    December 20, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  14. Nick - Arlington, VA

    oooo my...how ironic. "Sarah Palin doesn't have a view of America like the rest of us do. I heard she's been pallin around with drug addicts."

    ooo how unfortunate.

    December 20, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  15. Skip

    I feel bad for both Bristol and Levi. Most teenagers don't have their personal lives or their family's shortcomings splashed across the national news. Neither one asked for this attention, and they have been pushed into the limelight only because of the actions of their mothers.

    December 20, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  16. Bilbo baggins

    The x-wing is out to destroy Palin's future I know it through the tea leaves.

    December 20, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  17. San Jose

    Hey "NoBamaOsama" Your a complete idiot and should never be allowed outside your village unsupervised. Palin is and has been palling around with drug dealers. Get back to your welfare line? I have your food stamps and you can pick them up when your finsihed smoking meth with the other idiots in Alaska. You betcha!!!

    December 20, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  18. Big Al C.

    It must be Obama's fault. I bet the democrates hired someone to follow everybody in Wasilla and get a news story. It has to be the liberal press that has went and dug this stuff up. A fine upstanding Governor like Palin has to be squeeky clean. She is after all a "real Amercian" from the rural part of the country.

    Levi don't you worry mom Sarah will make it all go away she has friends in high places. And if they want do what she tells them to she will fire them and get some more people who will. Besides that she has the ultimate "Pardon Power."

    December 20, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  19. jeff

    Family values in action!

    December 20, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  20. lovable liberal

    This is gossip. Palin's office is right; this isn't a matter needing political comment. Those two were never getting married anyway. That was just a story so the media would move on the next BS controversy – anything to avoid talking about, you know, actual government policies.

    December 20, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  21. neil

    Caroline Kennedy's uncle Ted left a woman to die upside down in a river in a car he was driving, is that Carolines fault- no, Hilary's husband deliberately lied in court as president, is that her fault – no. It's interesting to watch the the self righteous New York left blame Alaska and Palin for this. Grab a brain idiots

    December 20, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  22. Pam

    Palling around with drug dealers....not very vice presidential nor presidential is it now, huh Sarah. Ya see Sarah, when you starting slinging garbage you have to be careful about what is going to come back and hit you right in the face. What's the old saying? What goes around comes around. and it couldn't happen to a more deserving person. What's that I hear? Oh yeah, it's the end of your career in politics. he he he he. gotta love it.

    December 20, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  23. Pat in IL

    It's none of our business, but the hypocrisy is our business if Palin is going for public office and using lies about her policies to get there. She was trying to reach some demographic of voters with her stance on "morals", but her life hasn't been that great of an example. Her son got in a lot of trouble with drugs, her daughter's fiance apparently sells drugs, her daughter got pregnant out of wedlock, and Sarah herself was pregnant when she got married, then later she had an affair, and she has misused her power as governor....these are some of the things we know about. All of the above is really not our business unless she makes it our business, which she has.

    December 20, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  24. wordgal54

    Just more proof that there is no such thing as a "perfect" family. We all are dysfunctional (but, hopefully, loving) in our own, human ways. When you're in politics, however, you have no private life. I feel sorry for the boy.

    December 20, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  25. NJVote08

    Ima Kidding December 19th, 2008 7:32 pm ET

    You liberals are crazy – you say people are bad for getting unwed teenagers pregnant or dealing drugs but you are all for giving poor people health care and talking to Muslims. Rush and Sean are right!!!!
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    Honey, you have some serious issues.

    December 20, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
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