Anti-Drug Sen. John McCain’s Fundraiser Caught Operating Meth Lab, Dealing Heroin and Cocaine

 

Matt Agorist | The Free Thought Project

Maricopa County, AZ — United States Senator John McCain is conducting damage control after a staff member of his re-election fundraising campaign was arrested Tuesday. Emily Pitha, 34 was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of drug charges after Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies raided her home and found an active meth lab along with other illicit drugs.

Immediately following the bust, McCain’s campaign fired Pitha and issued a statement decrying her actions.

Late Tuesday night, McCain’s campaign manager, Ryan O’Daniel, issued this response:

“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.”

According to AZ Central, a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said authorities were first alerted to possible drug activity at Pitha’s Phoenix home by a parcel in transit from the Netherlands containing over 250 grams of MDMA – raw ecstasy. Detective Doug Matteson, the MCSO spokesman, said Pitha’s boyfriend, 36-year-old Christopher Hustrulid, signed for the packaged when it arrived at their doorstep Tuesday afternoon.Detectives executing a search warrant at the home discovered an active meth lab, along with unspecified quantities of LSD, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, about $7,000 in loose currency, and counterfeit money, according to Matteson. A separate building on the property was found to have a hidden room that was to be used as a marijuana-grow facility, he said, according to AZ Central.

Pitha and Hustrulid were arrested and expected to face numerous drug violations, in addition to possible child-endangerment charges.


According to police, inside the home with the meth lab were two children, ages 5 and 10. Police say the children “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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