Emily Pitha, Sen. John McCain Campaign Fundraiser, Arrested in Meth Lab Bust
A campaign fundraiser for Sen. John McCain was arrested by police after an active meth lab was found in her Phoenix home.
Emily Pitha, 34, was arrested on Tuesday. McCain’s campaign cut its ties with her after she was taken into custody, his campaign manager said. She was described as a an independent political consultant who was working for McCain’s reelection campaign.
Police made the arrest after Pitha’s boyfriend signed for a package delivered from the Netherlands containing at least 250 grams of MDMA.
Detectives then executed a search warrant at Pitha’s home, finding an active meth lab, some LSD, heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine.
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They also found $7,000 in cash as well as counterfeit bills.
“Also in the backyard were the beginning stages of a building they were building with a fake wall that would possibly to be used for growing illegal marijuana,” Detective Doug Matteson, a Maricopa County Sheriff’s spokesman, told KPHO.
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He also said there were bomb-making materials on her property.
A 5-year-old kid and 10-year-old kid “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,” he said. However, AZFamily.com reported that the kids were at day care at the time of the bust.
Suspects Christopher Hustrulid, her boyfriend and Pitha were arrested. They will face numerous drug violations in addition to likely child endangerment charges, AZCentral.com reported.
Jack Griffin, a neighbor, told AZFamily: “They pretty much stayed to themselves.”
“He likes to run his remote control cars outside. He just seems like a great guy, but I think that’s probably what allows it to be successful,” he added. “I’ve lived here for 36 years in this house, this is the first time anything like this has ever happened,” Griffin noted.
McCain’s campaign manager, Ryan O’Daniel, issued a statement to Gawker.
“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 statement said. “The campaign immediately terminated any relationship with Ms. Pitha upon learning of her alleged involvement in the operation.”