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. Lisa Kudrow

    Palling around with drug dealers. You Betcha!

    December 19, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  2. Flo

    WOW!! This is sad...............Paliin must be furious with the Johnston family for putting her in a negative spotlight. six counts of felony misconduct; WOW just WOW!!!!!

    December 19, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. iramoss

    I'm shocked, simply shocked. And I thought that the Palin family and "in-laws" represented "real small town" American values.Or... maybe they do!

    December 19, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    Crooks hang out with crooks

    December 19, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  5. Jasmine in Germany

    Well, I guess there ain't really good newspapers to read up in Alaska; you betcha, so you gotta amuse yourself with other activities in your spare time while your'e not goin' to church.

    On a serious note, it is sad that this State pays its investigative officers for snatchin' a pot smoker or coke snorter (remember 16 years ago while running for President, Bill Clinton swore "I didn't inhale") instead of identifying and prosecuting rapists (it's hard to bust your family members). A little behind the times and not well read, but you betcha!

    December 19, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    Ima Kidding,

    How is giving healthcare to the needy and talking instead of killing bad? I can see your moral values are down there with Atila the Hun, like the rest of the conservatives

    December 19, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  7. ChicagoSuz

    The baby is due this week. Am I the only one who thinks this is sad?

    December 19, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. Proud American from New England

    The "war on drugs" is a complete failure and a huge waste of taxpayer's money. This civil war in America has accomplished absolutely nothing other than to empower criminals, and organized drug gangs while ripping apart millions of American families. In order to feed their habits, American cocaine users are authorizing countless murders of innocents by in Mexico by drug cartels. A common sense Federal drug policy would treat addictions as disease and regulate recreational drugs. The drugs should be taxed and distributed in a safer manner and addicts should be able to receive medical treatment rather than simply building more jails. This failed war has done absolutely nothing to stem the flow of drugs into our nation.

    That being said, the fact that this woman will also be the grandmother of Palin's grandchild is meaningless. In spite of how much I dislike Palin and would love to have another reason to ridicule her this story is meaningless when presented in the context of Palin. The headline should be: "Another American Family Falls Victim to the Miserable, Failed War on Drugs".

    December 19, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. MikeH

    JJ, why don't you move out of your parent's basement into an apartment, stop smoking doob, go back and get your G.E.D., and get a real job.

    Then come back here and post something more intelligent than you have so far.

    Or maybe, just maybe, you are Levi, in which case, never mind. It wouldn't do any good.

    Tough to have a tweaker for a mom, huh?

    December 19, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  10. ANTI_LIBERAL_WHINIES

    WOW, THATZ IT!!!!! 101 COMMENTS FOR THE HILLARY STORY AND ONLY 8 FOR A PALIN-RELATED STORY. WOW, EITHER THE ANTI-PALINS ARE ON HOLIDAY OR THEY HAVE FINALLY-THANK GOD- RUN OUT OF STEAM.

    December 19, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  11. 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).

    There are lots of "parents" (I daresay, some of "THESE" are blogging on CNN) - who don't deserve the designation of "parent" and all that it honorably entails.

    Still, their children go on to lead constructive lives –and I say, GOOD FOR THEM! And good for Levi and Bristol!!!!!!

    After all, Obama's mother and father had HIM out of wedlock - and Obama's father was a major drunk, who had to have one leg amputated following drunk driving - and eventually killed himself while driving drunk - AGAIN - so big DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 19, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  12. Independent Female Voter

    FOR i'M A KIDDING......Are you serious? What's wrong with giving poor people healthcare? What's wrong with talking to Muslims? You CANNOT condemn a whole religion for what a few extremist did. There are extremist in all religions. If this is the best that Sean and Rush has to offer, no wonder republicans took such a beating in the elections.

    As for this woman getting arrested...WHO CARES!!!!!! I'm no Sarah Palin fan but this has nothing to do with her.

    December 19, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  13. Jim

    Excuse me ... why is this news? The mother of the fiancee of the daughter of the governor of Alaska is hardly a public figure.

    December 19, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  14. Chris

    palin had a baby out of wedlock as well. she needs to stop casting stones and speaking out against abortion and gays when she has her own sins to work on. god nor jesus would approve.

    December 19, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  15. Jason

    A drug arrest in Wasilla, Alaska makes the national news? What's next guys?

    December 19, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  16. paul oregon

    maggie from virginia palin palling around with drug dealers thats a good one.

    December 19, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  17. KJL

    I don't know what this is doing in the "politics" section, but then again I was bewildered by the fact that Sarah Palin was voted into office, considering her obvious lack of knowledge on almost any subject.

    December 19, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  18. Denise

    Here come the democrats, lets attach, You betcha. Your 15 minutes of glory and hating republicans is over, get over it. Obama took cocaine. Who cares about this. its just fodder to help entertain democrats that have nothing to do but attack someone.

    December 19, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  19. Denise

    Here come the democrats, lets attack, You betcha. Your 15 minutes of glory and hating republicans is over, get over it. Obama took drugs. Who cares about this. its just fodder to help entertain democrats that have nothing to do but attack someone.

    December 19, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  20. Old Alaskan

    It's Wasilla. What do you expect.

    December 19, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  21. Paris Hilton

    That's hot.

    Now Sarah, stop carving that Thanksgiving Day Turkey and come snorts some lines on the coffee table with ya baby's Momma in Law.

    December 19, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  22. anonymous

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    When IS that shotgun wedding supposed to take place? Mother in law dresses come in stripes, I hope!

    I can see Miss Palin and the boyfriend drivin' up to the pen so young Cooter Palin can see his Grannny. Look for them in a dirty old pickup truck, beer cans rattling around in the back, McDonalds trash flung out the window....Do you suppose Miss Palin's future mother in law was cranking out meth for Sarah to send on to her good friend and admirer, Rush Gasbag?

    December 19, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  23. PCS / North Carolina

    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!!!!"

    Yeah right, GOP is full of drug dealers & pill poppers (Rush and Cindy).

    December 19, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  24. KT

    is she covering for him?

    December 19, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  25. Melissa

    Another conformation that we voted the right ticket into office,

    December 19, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
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