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Levi Johnston's Mom Busted in Undercover Drug Raid

Levi Johnston's Mom Busted in Undercover Drug Raid
Sherry Johnston
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updated 12/20/2008 at 07:30 AM EST

originally published 12/19/2008 11:05AM

Sherry Johnston, the mother of Levi Johnston – the 18-year-old who is the father of Bristol Palin's soon-to-be-born baby – was charged with six felony counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance, Alaska's Anchorage Daily News reported Friday.

Johnston, 42, was arrested Thursday at her home with a search warrant as part of an undercover drug investigation by Alaska State troopers. A spokeswoman for the troopers said in a statement late Friday afternoon that the charges "are in relation to the drug Oxycontin."

Troopers said they charged Johnston with second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance – typically manufacturing or delivering drugs – as well as fourth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances, or possession, said the newspaper.

Sherry Johnston did not comment to reporters at her home Thursday. Her arraignment to be informed of her charges (and when she will likely enter a plea) has been scheduled for Jan. 6, according to the court calendar.

No Comment from Governor

Johnston's arrest took place around noon Thursday, after which she was booked at Mat-Su Pretrial Facility, according to a booking officer there. She reportedly was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond just after 2 p.m.

A rep for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, mother of Bristol, said Thursday: "This is not a state government matter. Therefore the governor's communications staff will not be providing comment or scheduling interview opportunities."

Troopers released no other information, including the kind or amount of drugs, because details could jeopardize an ongoing investigation, said spokeswoman Megan Peters

In an Associated Press interview in October, Levi Johnston said he was in love with Bristol and they planned to wed. Bristol, also 18, is nine months pregnant and due to give birth Dec. 20, according to her maternal grandfather, Chuck Heath.

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