Fundraiser for John McCain arrested in drug bust in Phoenix

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Posted: Apr 27, 2016 4:28 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman has been dropped as a political fundraiser for U.S. Sen. John McCain's re-election campaign after being arrested on suspicion of drug possession and other charges.

Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say 34-year-old Emily Pitha and her live-in boyfriend were taken into custody Tuesday after deputies served a search warrant at her north-central Phoenix home.

They say 36-year-old Christopher Hustrulid allegedly signed for a package containing more than 250 grams of Ecstasy. Undercover detectives and U.S. Postal Inspectors raided the home after the delivery.

Sheriff's officials say detectives also reported finding methamphetamines, LSD, heroin, cocaine, an active meth lab and about $7,000.

McCain's campaign manager says the campaign now has "terminated any relationship" with Pitha.

Neither Pitha nor Hustrulid had a lawyer at their initial court appearance Wednesday.