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. Soccer Nana

    “Our office won’t have any comment,” Palin’s spokesman Bill McAllister said Friday. “This is not a state government matter.”

    Oh, this is not a "state" government matter. So, she can get involved with the "state" trooper former brother-in-law but no comment on her daughter's baby daddy's mother's arrest.

    Wow, Governor Palin's daughter is "palling" around with druggies. Interesting.

    December 19, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. kate

    Hey CNN what
    about the economy stupid?

    Of course CNN would never bother to report that Palin REFUSED A PAY RAISE, cut her states budget by over 7%
    all while Congress, Pelosi, Franks and the rest didn't bat an eye as they accepted their raises and ran

    I wish we had more "train wrecks" like Palin maybe we'd actually get something done in government
    Maybe some of the Govs of some of those states going bankrupt should take a page out of the Palin book of how to run a state

    The MSM never does their job anymore what a shame....

    December 19, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  3. Joe Green


    Who DID NOT see this coming?

    Palin was and is the candidate of the WHITE TRASH of America, who thankfully are a small minority.

    I'll bet Caylee's Mom is a Palin fan.

    Who the heck names their kid "Caylee: anyway?

    December 19, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  4. Sue

    Mike in NYC:

    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.

    Really? And who is standing in the way of gay rights in this country? Who spies on ordinary citizens? Who holds citizens of this country without cause, and uses illegal torture methods? Who has been responsible for killing thousands of American troops and hundreds of thousands of civilians? That would be your conservative Pres. and conservative leaders.
    I wield no club, in fact, do not believe in violence of any kind. I pray only that we follow the Constitution, ensure freedom and rights for all our people, and follow the Golden Rule. Seems to me that any conservative might believe the same if they were not so busy waging war on anyone thinking differently than they.

    December 19, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  5. Lisa Brennan

    snort snort puff puff, Oh what a relief it is...hoping 2012 will not be littered with the likes of these people. Snow machine trash. And please take Megan Stapleton with you....

    December 19, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. Juan M

    More tolerance from the left I see. PE Obama has buddies that sale senate seats, blow up the parts of the Pentagon and preach hate and Mrs.Palin' daughters, boyfriends mother has a problem and they attack. They already tried to burn down her church....I guess she's lucky the "tolerant" left didn't physically attack her.

    December 19, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. Ana

    Now, mom is involved in dealing with a controled substance AT HOME!!!!!
    What are the chances that redneck boy is not involved or using the same drug??????

    December 19, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  8. KJL

    I hope Bristol Palin wasn't doing drugs while pregnant.

    December 19, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  9. Irritated in Fl

    It's sad really...that with our country being in the state it is in, crap such as this takes priority. The election is over and the mainstream media is still trying to find any small morsel that might smear Governor palin. Are we really going to have to put up with this BS for the next 4 years?: Can't you guys just leave it be and report on IMPORTANT issues? Good grief.

    December 19, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  10. Flash news

    Was the witchdoctor cooking the crack in the church when it burned down?

    December 19, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  11. K

    and their kid will be the future of Alaska

    December 19, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  12. This is perfect

    You republicans are great...last summer you get your undies in a bunch over this babe with her hair in a beehive and think she's the next coming of Ronald Rayguns...then all you white-trashees go to her rallies and get all worked up, calling Obama a terrorisr and yelling to kiil him. Meanwhile, you don't bother reading (maybe you can't read too well) this woman's background and crooked policies because you want so desperately to believe in her. You don't mind that she claimed that she was for all these "moral" things that she and her family did not don't know what hypocricy means (those 4 syllable words are tough to figure out)...she forces her knocked up daughter to marry this dropout bozo, and you got the cajones to bring this fool to the convention and parade him around like we should all be proud that she is forcing her daughter to marry him. You couldn't make this stuff up if you tried...I suggest you smart republicans defend her for the next 4 years and then have her become your presidential candidate in 2012. That will guarantee Obama winning in a landslide. Man, has your party fallen apart. Thanks for self-destructiing!!

    December 19, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  13. Roberto

    Hey Mike in NYC, you've got to be kidding. "Conservative Christians" love to get in everyone's face because "their" way of living is the only correct way. Their way of thinking is the only 'right' way. If you think for yourself then your on their enemy list. You must be against abortion, gays, gay marriage or anything to do with gays. You better accept Jesus as your saviour. You better accept the infallibility of the Bible. etc. I'd much rather deal with Liberals than Conservative Christians.

    December 19, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  14. Greg Hodges

    Gotta love those Republican family values; and their holier- than-thou attitudes about how the liberal Democrats have no morals. Does dear Sarah still think that real Americans are only to be found in her neck of the (back) woods?

    December 19, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  15. MT

    It's news if people want to read it.

    It would dang sure be news if a black V.P. candidate had an 18-y.o. knocked up daughter whose baby-daddy-momma was manufacturing drugs.

    December 19, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. Kaye

    Imakidding.... "Talking to Muslims?" What you won't talk to anyone that doesn't believe as you do? I know some very nice people who are Muslim and so very nasty ones who claim to be Christians. Kinda like Hannity...

    December 19, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  17. Q

    Repubs, karma is a beyotch!!!!!

    You tried to crucify BO over Bill Ayers....remember 'pallin around with terrorists'?

    Well, I guess we now see that your lovely SP is palling around with big time meth dealers.

    Although it does not say, the only drug that you can make in your home is meth...and isn't Wasilla the Meth Capital of the US?

    as i said earlier....karma is a beyotch. I hope you repubs can take it as good as you give it.


    December 19, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  18. mountaingirl

    to pat: isn't it interesting the engagement happened after Palin became the VP nominee? If we (the rest of the country outside Wasilla) didn't know about her, the daughter would not be "engaged to be married."

    December 19, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  19. wishing

    It was rumored during the election that Palin's son HAD to join the military and go to Iraq as a deal with a judge in order to avoid jail time for some drug-related matter.

    Do you think they will offer Mrs. Johnston the same deal?

    December 19, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  20. That's The Ronald

    What did Levi know and when did he know it?

    December 19, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  21. Joe

    Mike in NYC writes of "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."

    Interestingly, 80-odd years ago H.L. Mecken aptly described the kind of people we now call "conservative christians" as those who want others to think like them. He also coined a much better name for such folks: the "booboisie."

    December 19, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  22. Jan

    What a small town value? Paling palling with drug pushers now. What is the next step, AIP takes over?

    December 19, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  23. Jen, Philadelphia

    Let's see, you think Sarah Palin not supporting gay marriage, unwed parenthood and other conservative issues is hate-mongering? What exactly is enjoying and reveling in the misfortune of others?

    December 19, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  24. Betty the maid

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA........
    I love it!!! Sarah Palin and that family of hers all need to be on Jerry Springer. What a bunch of disfuntional hill billies. And the republicans and Jeus freaks wanted Sarah to be president.....HA HA HA
    See republicans, this is why America rejected you...we wanted intelligent and worldly people running our country. Not a Wal mart Yee Haw Ho, who hunts and thinks the earth is 6000 years old. HA HA HA HA


    December 19, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  25. WarmAlaska

    Inlaws and outlaws. I hear dueling banjos.

    December 19, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
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