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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    It seems like the "IMA KIDDING" guy might have been... kidding.

    Call it a hunch.

    December 19, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  2. Nelson from the Simpsons

    (pointing) HA-HA !!!!

    December 19, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. No More Palin

    TO-Lisa Kudrow December 19th, 2008 8:13 pm ET
    Palling around with drug dealers. You Betcha....I like the comment !!!
    TO–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!!!!You are an IDIOT ....Rush can relate TO Drugs...he still gets high and Sean looking Like he Sucked his Thumb untill he was 10
    is a Rush wanna be Hit the Pipe Buddy and some HYDR_____ and grab that stupid CIGAR ...YA BETCHA!!! ANd You are an IDIOT

    December 19, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. Jacqueline in Missouri

    Palin is palling around with drug dealers...this would not be a story if Palin had not made things like this a story....or is this simply a nifty way to get the future mother in law out of her daughter's life? Too bad Levi has become a High School dropout, it would have been nice if an adult had stepped forward and promised to help as long as he stayed in school and furthered his education.

    December 19, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  5. Pursang

    Turns out it is an Oxy bust, there's gonna be more it's just that the Troopers are being a little "tight jawed" at the moment, stay tuned......Gotta love those small town hockey mom family values......

    December 19, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  6. Perusing-Through


    You got a problem with that?!?!

    It must be true when you base it on Sarah's own definition of truth. Based on Sarah's perspective, President-Elect Obama superficially crossed paths with Bill Ayers, which means Obama is BFF (best friends forever) with terrorists and needs to come clean with explanations. That’s Sarah’s beliefs per her own campaign statements. Now using Sarah Palin's logic regarding Bill Ayers and Obama, this would mean Sarah also "pals around with drug pushers" like Momma Johnston.

    December 19, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. Now just When is Levy marrying Bristol?

    Way to go America, you dodged a bullet. Could you imagine four years of Alaskan "family values".
    It's Meth, by the way.

    December 19, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. Juneau

    I am not a fan of Gov Palin but this is just plan stupid. How does anyone know that she "pals around with this person". Do you really know all your kids parents that well?? I know some do but I have been to a friends house where parents drop their kids off for a sleep over and don't even bother to introduce themselves. I'm sure Gov. Palin knows this mother but we don't know that she pals around with her. One thing I can say is that as far as I have seen she is a good mother and has tried to do her best by her kids while holding down a full time job like most parents in this country and no matter how hard you try things will happen. I'm just suprised this actually made it to CNN. It must be a slow news day. There are plenty of things you can slam the Gov. about but this is not one of them. She did not get busted.

    December 19, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  9. jaimito

    Model citizens...nuff said.

    December 19, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. barbara campbell

    One minor error in this news story. Sarah Palin did NOT announce that her daughter would be having a baby out of wedlock, but that Bristol Palin was pregnant and that she and Levi would be getting married.

    Sarah lied again.

    December 19, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  11. Matt

    Headline from homepage: "Drug arrest in Palin's hometown"

    Uhhh, hello. Wasilla is known as the "meth capital of the world". It shouldn't be a surprise that there was a drug related arrest in that town.

    December 19, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  12. cj

    Enough already. Palin didn't sell it, so leave it alone. Let's not make anything remotely related to Palin relevant.

    December 19, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. Angel

    The gift that keeps on giving..

    December 19, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. GrizGirl

    I heard a long time ago (when Palin first came on the National radar) that Wasilla was the meth capital of Alaska. I thought they were just joking.... guess not?

    December 19, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  15. Meka

    Having read the prior post, it's amusing to see that President Obama has a lot of work to do!

    It's also interesting, 'We Americans' haven't learned that "WHAT GOES AROUND-COMES AROUND"

    December 19, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  16. Rick

    To maggie from va your an idiot for making such comments like that.
    For the rest of the liberals get over it the election is over , why do you worry so much about Gov Palin ???? is she your idol ???

    December 19, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  17. avlfrk

    Can't you just envision the Johnstons and the Palins on a future Jerry Springer episode?

    December 19, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. Sue

    Just how is Levi "doing the right thing?" He's dropped out of high school, there is no wedding date, and he becomes a father tomorrow. That may be par for the course in Alaska, but where I come from, that is a recipe for disaster. Who will raise this child? Where will he/she live? In the $500,000 Palin homestead? Will Alaskans be footing the bill for a nurse/nanny? Thank God it won't be the VP's mansion in DC at least.
    These kids need to have at least a high school diploma, don't you think? A college degree and some life experience might be nice as well before they become parents. Oh, and a wedding? I know times have changed, but this is sad. And obviously, the grandma will be no help from her prison cell.

    December 19, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  19. ed forrest

    this is not not worthy of cnn news. Obama will give us plenty

    December 19, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  20. veh

    I don't understand what's wrong with talking to muslims? Are we talking about Palin's daughter's mother-in-law or about muslims? As for muslims, there are a lot of nice people among them, very highly-educated and civilized. Don't judge them just because of a bunch of terrorists. My friend is coming from the country where islam is an official religion, but there is no islamic regime, government took european way of development . Young people of that country are impressively educated, they learn foreign languages, participate in educational programs which gives them opportunity to get an education Master's in Europe, USA. They don't have teen pregnancy and drugs issues the way we have in USA. They don't hate foreigners, they are very hospitable and friendly. The country is beautiful. I think americans lack interaction with the world, they don't learn or they just don't want to learn anything about other countries.

    December 19, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  21. arc, Lugano CH

    CNN, leave the Johnston family alone. This is a private family matter. I did not vote for McCain/Palin, but articles such as these should not be used to stir up people's disdain and hatred towards Gov. Palin and her extended family.

    December 19, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  22. Straight thinker

    First of all, I don't know why this story deserves to be on CNN. However, I can't help but laugh at Palin's hypocrisy in talking about the "real America". The state of Alaska is well-known for its crime and corruption. I know this because all of my relatives up there are convicted murderers, drug addicts, or the boss of a mafia-like union. Now it turns out that someone in Palin's hometown with a relation to Palin is arrested for drugs.

    And by the way, Ima Kidding, WHAT THE #@&% ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? There's nothing wrong with giving poor people health care, and talking to Muslims isn't wrong because NOT ALL MUSLIMS ARE TERRORISTS! And I'm telling you, the side effects of listening to Limbaugh and Hannity include bigotry and brain damage. Obviously those side effects have already started with you.

    December 19, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  23. malclave

    Someone in Gov. Palin's home town, who is connected to the governor through their children, gets into trouble with the law.

    Just wondering, did you pay this much attention to the fraud suits filed against VP-elect Biden's brother and son? Or did you just ignore that, since Biden is a Democrat.

    I know, silly question. You libs would never pay attention to something like that. If it doesn't let you feed on your soulless hate for Republicans, you're not interested.

    CNN – the least trusted name in news.

    December 19, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  24. Peace Out!!

    TO- NoBamaOsama December 19th, 2008 8:06 pm ET
    Maggie from Virginia December 19th, 2008 6:44 pm ET
    "Palin is palling around with drug dealers. Gotta love those family values of "real America"."
    Like Obama the crack head? It isn't even Palin you moron, get back to your welfare line!******YOU Crawl back under that Rock ...and the H_LL with YOU Palin and the entire BETCHA BUNCH

    December 19, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  25. Lost in Texas FOREVER!!

    I'm guessing about now Rush and Hannity are trying to tie Obama some way in this.

    December 19, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
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