December 19th, 2008
08:31 PM ET
12 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. Clinton Supporter

    Wow – thank goodness the US electorate dodged THAT bullet!

    December 19, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  2. Pursang

    Palin's spokesperson, Bill McAllister, sez "no comment, this isn't a state government matter" LOL. These morons crack me up, so a church in Wasilla is almost set on fire and there was comment aplenty on that incident from the Palin Admin, that must've been a state government matter.LOL... Dang this Palin Admin, amongst other things, is two faced.

    December 19, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. Carlos Ferdingo

    Uhhh...not only is this not state government business, it's not even news. If her cousin's barber gets picked up for unpaid parking tickets, are we going to have to read about that too? Come on, CNN!
    By the way,
    McCain/Palin suckers: Get over it. You lost.
    Obama/Biden suckers: Get over it. You won.
    Alaska Haters: Bite my butt. Alaska rules, even if the governor doesn't.

    December 19, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  4. Jeff

    Can you imagine the prenup that Levi was probably forced to sign!

    December 19, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  5. Cooper

    I don't know why any of us would be surprised. If Palin presents "Real America," I don't want any part of it. Let's see, how can the conservative base spin this one???

    December 19, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  6. ILoveAmerica

    What family doesn't have its ups and downs?

    December 19, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  7. Mike in NYC

    @John G:

    Talking too much about violence in Chicago would rouse the inevitable charge of "racism."

    @pam Eugene OR:

    Out-of-wedlock births are only OK when they're non-white. Or didn't you know that?

    Conservative Christians have much less of a desire to interfere in people's lives than your typical liberal, who dearly wants everyone to think like him/her and has no problem using the club of the State to accomplish that.

    December 19, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  8. Richard

    So 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 19, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. RandyT

    Let us see, first this statement; ""The warrant resulted from an “undercover investigation,” according to Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters.""

    And then; ""Palin’s spokesman Bill McAllister said Friday. “This is not a state government matter.”"

    I guess in Alaska the State Troopers are not working for the state government?

    Everytime a right wing Republican opens their mouth do they lie? Or, are they just stupid? They thought the American people were stupid this past year, but enough of us woke up.

    PS: for all you clowns that still believe all Democrats are on welfare, take a look at the Bush Wall Street bunch and ask yourselves just who is on welfare?

    December 19, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  10. Tim

    Word has it she cooks crystal meth and Levi is involved as a seller to his high school buddies. Uh-Oh!

    December 19, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. MattZ

    I knew that the "Real America (TM)" was the one you see on COPS rerums! And, before you comment, understand that Ima Kidding is Justa Kidding.

    December 19, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  12. Perusing-Through

    Does this mean Dr. James Dobson and the "Family Research Council" is going to rush their high-powered lawyers to Alaska in support of Momma Johnston , , , , in the same manner as was done for Sarah Palin when news broke she was under investigation regarding Trooper-Gate?

    December 19, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  13. Kevin

    I'm sorry, but it's laughable if many of you can't see that the relationship (between Palin's daughter and Levi) during the campaign was staged. If it ever does go anywhere, Levi will be leaving the daughter in a few years. This kid has no head on his shoulders; he's just that – a kid. The rest of his friends will be departing for college soon and he will try to take care of a baby. He will become bored, and he will abdicate his responsibilities. He may repent later on in life, but repentance is a far cry from acting responsibly. And that is my greatest complaint toward the moral right – you can all talk the talk, screw up, repent, and then become clean as unblanched snow. I can't possibly conceive of a loving God that endorses your views.

    December 19, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  14. KCBob

    I like the look on that kids face...

    It screams: "God ,I wish I wore a condom!!!"

    December 19, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. marvin

    Sleigh trash.

    December 19, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. bill for barack

    Looks like immoral behavior runs rampant through both families, doesn't it ?

    December 19, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. Michael

    Will People magazine cover the wedding? What is the date of the wedding?

    December 19, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  18. ch

    Maybe Hillary could give Sarah a few lessons on parenting.

    Hillary managed to raise an upstanding, functional Stanford/Oxford graduate daughter that any parent would wish for and be proud of.

    While the best Sarah could do was raise some pregnant uneducated teenager whose boyfriend's mother makes and sells drugs!!

    The Palins are as disfunctional as the Reagan brood and the Bush twins!

    December 19, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  19. Eugene

    Just reminding us how happy we are that this charmin' family is not going to be haunting Washington D.C. for the next several years.

    December 19, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  20. chascates

    Boyfriend of Bristol Palin? Didn't he, like, get her pregnant? BTW, we who frequent miss Campbell Brown's presence!

    December 19, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  21. bernaddette

    and to think " this are the people we are told are in real america" , the more i see " real america values" the more i want to stay in my other america values. thanks but no thanks sara stay in alaska with your very " interesting families" wao! bristol you really snagged yourself a good one ! you betcha!

    December 19, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  22. David

    It looks like the Republican Family Values wagon just lost another wheel....
    It's the Palin touch again.......
    – Promiscuous teenager daughter
    – Teenage pregnancy
    – Child's father is a high school drop-out
    – Family sent the father way instead of finishing high school
    – Ethics violations and abuse of power
    – Falsifying expense reports to the state that include travel for her children
    – Attempting to expense living at home as a travel expense
    – Her favorite consignment shop illegally using the name of a HIV/AIDS Non-Profit and served a 'Cease and Desist' order.
    – Race bating
    – Secert Service reports Palin is responsible for death threats to the president-elect of America
    – Beheading turkeys on national television
    – Now the grandmother of her grandchild is arrested on 5 drug counts.

    I am sure right now, Palin is trying to cover up the fact that her son-inlaw and daughter were both using 'crystal meth' also. Alaska is the Crystal Meth Capital of the United States.

    December 19, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  23. Bill

    Ummm don't you mean Bristol Palin's FIANCE Levi Johnston? Or at least, that's what we were told during the campaign. Hmmmm...

    December 19, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  24. voter

    So now we need sex ed AND drug ed.

    Wow, her family is such an example... were this Obama there's be so much backlash.

    December 19, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  25. arc, Lugano CH

    Denise December 19th, 2008 8:40 pm ET
    Here come the democrats, lets attack, You betcha.
    Here come the 'Country First' Conservatives....

    "Kill Him! Terrorist!!!!...uuum...umm...mmm...He's an Arab....You need gloves to touch him...!!!"

    Makes you proud to be an American in 2008.

    December 19, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
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