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. Zenobia

    Thank God that she did'nt make it in the White House. The family would be doing drugs. We have enough problems but drugs in the White House.WOW!!!!!!!! Oh well she is a JOKE!!!!!!

    December 20, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  2. Roger from CA

    Pathetic, ignorant loser... just like her son's future mother-in-law!

    December 20, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  3. Richard

    Sarah Palin FAILED AS A MOTHER to keep her 17-year-old daughter from dating a foul-mouthed bully with a drug-dealing mother. Look at the people Palin let PAL AROUND with her daughter. What a HYPOCRITE!

    December 20, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  4. Big Ed

    'Yo BB, Slow down! You are quoting Rush and Sean? Is that Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha., ha!!!!! That packs about as much credibility as quoting Gumby and Mr. Bill!! You cannot have two seperate sets of morality codes. And as for Rush, Sean, Ann and the rest of the set of self rightous, fact-making-up egotistical nutjobs...bwaaaaha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha!

    December 20, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  5. End Of An Error

    Won't the holidays be fabulous at the Palin's and the Johnston's? Gosh, the in-law dynamics are going to be amazing and there will be soooo much to talk about: New prison tats. Visiting hours. Maybe seeing if Sarah will commute a sentence...

    I wonder if Sarah and Todd wish they would have taught their daughter about sex and birth control. It might have prevented an unplanned pregnancy and the new family dynamic that ought to be a scream in the Palin household.

    Family values at their best!

    December 20, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  6. Joe

    Do we ever get news anymore? It seems like the media is directly responsible for the destruction of American civilization...any time they can find a wedge to split this country right down the line...they take it...

    I voted for McCain/Palin...and they lost...and I'm over it...

    I was over it within three days...

    And I hope that Barack Obama really does accomplish great change...I hope that he is truly able to unite the warring parties in this country...and I hope that if he does...that he will get the credit...that the democratic party will not try and steal his glory and his place in history for the sake of "more of the same" politics...it seems that his party will present him with his greatest challenges...

    Bush is doing everything he can to help ensure Barack success...McCain is trying to help Barack however he can...even Newt Gingrich is trying to stop the petty divisions...

    But the extreme left is throwing up their arms over his choice of who says the prayer at the inauguration?

    Democrats are crying about how his appointments thus far are not far enough left...!?

    I really hope that the democratic party does not implode as a result of their victory this election cycle...for the good of the country...

    I'm inspired by Obama...but I fear the ugliness of the democratic party and their allegiance with the mainstream media...it's a recipe for disaster...

    December 20, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  7. ssnake

    You know, I just do not understand liberals. When you point a finger 3 are pointing back. This is a non-story that means nothing. Our president elect did drugs, hung out w/radicals, subversives. He is the one who was elected, so why are you people nitpicking at those who didn't. How can you not see the irrelevance of this?

    December 20, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  8. jack

    The first 'white trash' family, folks!
    Aren't, you stupid Repubs, relieved, that you guys lost?
    What would Mccain have to say here?
    Repubs are just plain hate mongering, school dropout retards.

    December 20, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  9. TexAnnie *-*-*-*-*

    Isn't Bristol due to deliver like Saturday?? So when are they going to get married??

    December 20, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  10. Liv Pertzoff

    As as former resident of Alaska, I've been waiting beyond my patience for the press to break open the news of the drug traffic going on in Wasila and who knows where else in this beleaguered state. This is common knowledge in the 'hood. Why has the fact that a visitor cannot draw a breath of fresh air in Wasila been a press black-out? The police chief Palin fired grows a hefty crop of mary-juana under gro-lights in his blacked-out windowed trailer and nearly evey day shuffles out his market of vegatables in tupperware–cars and trucks lined up.

    Where the hell are you?? Of course what's his name's mom has been arrested. I mean, like, is anybody off the payroll really watching?

    I have to wonder who's paying you to keep quiet. Maybe you can tell I wasn't born yesterday.

    December 20, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  11. ssnake

    At least Gov. Palin isn't trying to sell a senate seat!! What do you democrats have to say about that?

    December 20, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  12. Katie, NYC

    Ha ha.....this is stupid. Poor Levi doesn't look like a druggie, though. His mother was probably making meth in their basement.

    December 20, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  13. Rosalee M. Steinbeck

    Pat "I don't see what Levi has to do with his mother's problem. At least HE is doing the right thing (thankfully, SOME children of "problem" parents understand that they are NOT to blame for their "deadbeat" mom/dad)."

    PaT and that this boy did is get a girl pregnant. So in your eyes he is doing the right thing. Gosh I used to be a republican then I saw the light. Send bush and his lying cronies to the Hague for Crimes Against Humanity. Over 800,000 innocent dead Iraqis and counting.

    December 20, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  14. Michael

    hahaha. I wonder how proud Saint Sarah is of her innocent little daughter's sent from heaven boyfriend now!!! :D

    December 20, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  15. DE

    Do you liberals really want to go there? Have you read "THE ONE'S" book? He admits to being to being a crack head and in a drug induced haze for a good part of his youth and college years. Maybe he can help the war on drugs in his administration by fingering his drug dealer during his college years. Which brings up another question, he says his mother had to live on food stamps,how could he, as a poor college kid, afford to buy drugs, along with his ciggrette smoking habit? How did he earn that much money while going to school? Also, now that he is president, will he do like every other president and release his FULL medical records, not just a piece of paper the resembles a permission slip to participate in athletics. Even VP Biden has released his full medical records. What do you suppose Obama is hiding from the American people this time?

    December 20, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  16. JT from Missouri

    All you people making a fuss about this issue whether you agree or disagree with each other, needs to learn how to keep your mouth quiet. For those who are of the far right and are calling every liberal and even Obama a crack head, call 1-800-GET A LIFE. So goes for all of you far lefts as well. This is the very attitude of division that got this country where it is right now. All you people need to learn to come together, and then we might see some results come in to America. DIVIDED WE FAIL, UNITED WE SUCCEED. Read that a couple times over and eventually you will get it.

    December 20, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  17. grahame

    let's see now. Is this representative of Alaska policy?
    perhaps we can see the wedding highlights in Vogue
    I personally can't wait to see what the Pallins wear?
    Perhaps virgin white would be nice or perhaps hypocrite
    pink. So that's what happens during six months of darkness

    December 20, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  18. SUZAN

    The governor admitted to having tried oxycontin once, but it had absolutely no effect on her. The voices told her so.

    December 20, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  19. Greywolf

    To: NoBamaOsama....
    I am sure Palin did approach and/or discussed things with this woman regarding the relationship of her daughter and this woman's son.
    So, on the same context that Palin used to accuse Obama to "Pall with terrorists" , she is definitely "Palling with drag users/dealers". Don't you agree??

    December 20, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  20. Rosalee M. Steinbeck

    "They aren't married yet? I thought they were fine upstanding teenagers dedicated to their baby? You mean they were just political pawns? SHOCKING!!"

    If this kids, having sex and children, are "fine upstanding teens" then Gosh I would hate to see kids who do have real problems!!

    December 20, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  21. SUZAN

    Sarah said that Sherry is "just someone who happens to live in the same small town as me whose son knocked up my daughter. I don't really know her."

    December 20, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  22. SUZAN

    Remember two months ago, when McPalin repeatedly threatened to sue the National Enquirer for their stories on her sordid affair, her kid's alcoholism, her kid's drug use, wild parties, Bristol not going to ever marry Levi despite Palin's coercion, the Palin/Heath family civil war., etc.? If you don't remember these, google them. The National Enquirer said, bring on the lawsuits. We have recordings, we have testimony, we have legal depositions, and we even have a few polygraph tests. See you in court. Palin never went to court. Well .... one published story was that Track was hooked on Oxycontin for two years. They interviewed his friends to obtain this information. They said that he enlisted to try to straighten out his life. Now we discover that his supposed soon-to-be relative is busted for distributing Oxycontin.

    December 20, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  23. Jeff

    I knew that boy was cool.

    December 20, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  24. DOCS 3

    WE ARE NOT IMPRESSED WITH THE RESPONSES ABOUT THIS SO CALLED BREAKING NEWS. USUALLY AT LEAST A FEW BLOGGERS LOOK BEYOND THE POLITICAL AND SEE WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING TO A PART OUR NATION. THE REAL STORY ARE THE TYPE OF DRUGS INVOLVED. WE SEE ON ALMOST A DAILY BASIS THE RESULTS OF ALL ILLEGAL DRUGS. IF IT IS CRYSTAL METH. INVOLVED, THEN OUR NATION IS IN DEEP TROUBLE. TO THINK THAT A VP CANDIDATE WOULD NOT KNOW. BETTER YET, TO CONTINUE TO PUSH A DESTRUCTIVE DRUG LIKE CRYSTAL METH. SPEAK FOR ITSELF WHEN YOUR SON/FUTURE SON-IN-LAW IS UNDER THE MICROSCOPE OF THE ENTIRE WORLD. EVEN MORE BOTHERSOME IS THE AMOUNT OF TIME SARAH AND TODD SPENT ON ONE STATE TROOPER WHILE THIS WAS GOING ON. WE STAND AS NEITHER FOR OR AGAINST NONE OF THESE PEOPLE. OUR DISCUSSION FINDS ITS FOUNDATION IN THE LOSS OF A LOGICAL MORAL DISCUSSION ABOUT THE DEFECTS OF THE MINDSET OF THOSE THAT FELL FOR THAT "REAL AMERICAN REDNECK NATION".

    December 20, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  25. Adri

    Aren't the republicans supposed to outraged about this behavior? Where is the outrage Bill 0 and the rest? What kind of values do these people teach their children? How irresponsible is it to have drugs around your child? What kind of parents are they anyway? The war on Chrismas is also on and raging!!! No, nothing, from the Focus on the Family people? Nothing?

    Oh, I forget. The outrage is always only for the speck in the other person's eye.

    December 20, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
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