John McCain: Authorities Arrest Senator’s Campaign Fundraiser After Meth Lab Bust, Officials Say

Emily Pitha, 34, was arrested Tuesday after an active meth lab was discovered in her home in Phoenix, police said. McCain’s campaign cut ties with Pitha after the arrest, his campaign manager said.

Emily Pitha, 34, and her boyfriend, Christopher Hustrulid, 36, face felony drug charges, according to the report. Pitha previously served as a constituent service representative for former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office told the Republic that they first learned of potential illegal activity at the home after a parcel containing over 250 grams of MDMA arrived there Tuesday from the Netherlands. Upon entering the residence with a search warrant, detectives discovered the meth lab, along with a cornucopia of other drugs including LSD, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, according to the Republic. Officials also found $7,000 in loose currency and counterfeit money.

The McCain campaign quickly announced it had ended its relationship with Pitha.

“We commend the hard work and dedication of our law enforcement officers in their fight to keep our community safe from illegal drugs and associated criminal activity. The campaign immediately terminated any relationship with Ms. Pitha upon learning of her alleged involvement in the operation,” McCain campaign manager Ryan O’Daniel said in a statement sent to the newspaper.

The Republic reported that Pitha and Hustrulid may face child-endangerment charges in addition to the drug violations, as two children, aged 5 and 10, were living inside the home and had “easy access to all of (the) drugs and materials, even the bomb-making materials that were located in the back with the meth lab.”

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Sasha Perkins

Administrative Assistant and Journalist at the Pluto Daily since 2012.