Emily Pitha, a 35 year old woman from Phoenix, Arizona who worked as a fundraiser for Senator John McCain's reelection campaign has been arrested for suspicion of drug possession and is now facing several felony drug charges after her home was raided by Maripoca County Sheriff's deputies.
Detective Doug Matteson, spokesman for the Sheriff's department, says that the arrest was made after Pitha's live-in boyfriend, Christopher Hustrulid, allegedly signed for a package that contained 250 grams of ecstasy on Tuesday afternoon.
Undercover detectives and US postal inspectors, then, moved to raid the home.
Inside, they found a meth lab, a quarter pound of methamphetamine, two grams of cocaine, several hundred ecstasy pills, several grams of heroin, hash oil, marijuana, and around $7,000 in cash.
Pitha refused to talk to deputies when she was booked into jail on late Tuesday. Her 36 year old boyfriend, Hustrulid, was also jailed.
Neither one of them had lawyer present when they had their initial court appearance on Wednesday. They are now each being held on a $20,000 cash-only bond. They have been charged with suspicion of manufacturing of narcotic drugs and possession of dangerous and narcotic drugs.
The couple had children living with them, who were away in day care during the drug raid. One is five years old and the other is ten years old; as a result, Pitha and Hustrulid were also charged with child endangerment. Detective Matteson says drugs were "all over the home".
Pitha worked as a consultant arranging fundraisers for John McCain. Her LinkedIn profile has also revealed that she also worked for two other Republicans, Senator Jeff Flake and Senator John Kyl.
Senator McCain's campaign manager, Ryan O'Daniel, issued a statement on Tuesday night:
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.