Here’s another one of those that makes you scratch your head. A Pittsburgh-area McDonald’s employee was selling heroin to customers hidden inside Happy Meals. Shantia Dennis (pictured above) was arrested after someone informed authorities that an employee had been selling drugs. Police set up a sting operation to catch Dennis in the act.
What gall she had to do this. According to the informant, customers interested in buying heroin would show up at the drive-thru and make the coded request, “I’d like to order a toy” at which time the customer was to drive up to the window, pay the requisite fee, and given a Happy Meal box containing the heroin. Undercover officers arrested her after making such an order as indicated by the informant. They received 10 bags of heroin at the bottom of their Happy Meal box and arrested her on January 29th. I wonder how this worked on her day off if a heroin buyer showed up? Perhaps that’s how this whole investigation got stared.
According to the Pennsylvania Magisterial District Court Docket, Dennis was charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession With Intent to Distribute Heroin, Distribution of Heroin, and Criminal Use of Communication Facility. Now, I know you’re confused about that last one, right? I was too, until I looked it up in the Pennsylvania penal code. Paraphrased, Criminal Use of Communication Facility refers to any communication transmissions used over public airwaves in the commission of a felony, which includes telephone or email transmissions.
She goes back to court on February 11th. It will be interesting to see what happens, since she proclaimed her innocence. She is being held on $30,000 bail. Sicko. I hope none of this heroin accidentally made it into the foods of non-drug customers. I can see how a simple mistake could have happened, potentially putting the heroin into the wrong hands.