- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix woman 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 has pleaded not guilty.

Emily Pitha and her boyfriend were taken into custody last month after Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant at her north-central Phoenix home.

A county grand jury indicted Pitha on 12 charges: five counts of narcotic drug violations, two counts of dangerous drug violations, two counts of child abuse, one count of marijuana violation, one count of assisting a criminal syndicate and one count of money laundering.

The 34-year-old Pitha is no longer in custody. She entered her plea at her arraignment Tuesday in county Superior Court.

The McCain campaign terminated its relationship with Pitha after her arrest.


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