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Fund-raiser for John McCain and her boyfriend arrested for running meth lab out of their house
Emily Pitha, 34, and Christopher Hustrulid, 36, taken into custody, authorities discovered methamphetamine, LSD and heroin in their Arizona home
They also found thousands of dollars worth of U.S., European and fake currency, according to AZ Family.

Emily Pitha, a 34-year-old fund-raiser for Sen. John McCain, has been charged for allegedly running a meth lab out of her home. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

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Emily Pitha, Republican fundraiser arrested for running meth lab out of her home

A Republican fund-raiser and her boyfriend have been arrested after police found a meth lab and stores of other drugs at their Arizona home.

Emily Pitha, 34, and Christopher Hustrulid, 36, were taken into custody Tuesday after authorities searching the Phoenix home discovered methamphetamine, LSD and heroin.

They also found thousands of dollars worth of U.S., European and fake currency, according to AZ Family.

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Christopher Hestrulide

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said they were tipped off that the conservative chemists were to receive a package from the Netherlands with 250 grams of pure MDMA, enough for thousands of doses.
Pitha’s Christopher Hustrulid, 36, was also arrested, and both face child abuse charges after drugs were found within easy reach of his children. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office
Pitha’s Christopher Hustrulid, 36, was also arrested, and both face child abuse charges after drugs were found within easy reach of his children.Pitha was a longtime staffer for Republican Arizona senator Jon Kyl, and her LinkedIn page says that after his retirement in 2013 she worked for Sen. Jeff Flake
More recently she worked as an independent consultant for LovasCo, and the Arizona Republic reported that she was listed as the RSVP contact for fund-raisers supporting the re-election campaign of her state’s senior senator, John McCain.
A campaign manager for the 2008 Republican nominee, who has a primary in August, said, “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.
Police said they were first tipped off to possible wrongdoing because a package with 250 grams of MDMA was being sent to the couple’s home.

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Police said they were first tipped off to possible wrongdoing because a package with 250 grams of MDMA was being sent to the couple’s home.

“The campaign immediately terminated any relationship with Ms. Pitha upon learning of her alleged involvement in the operation.”
Pitha and Hustrulid, who says he works for an IT services company, now collectively face a dozen charges for drugs as well as child abuse.
Investigators said that drugs in the home were within access of Hustrulid’s children, ages 10 and 5. Both Hustrulid and Pitha were in custody on Wednesday night on $20,000 bond.

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