Pa. woman jailed on heroin-in-Happy Meal charges

This undated photo provided by the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office shows ShanTia Dennis. Dennis, 26, Pittsburgh McDonald's employee, has been jailed on charges that she sold heroin hidden in Happy Meals.  (AP Photo/Allegheny County District Attorney's Office)
This undated photo provided by the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office shows ShanTia Dennis. Dennis, 26, Pittsburgh McDonald's employee, has been jailed on charges that she sold heroin hidden in Happy Meals. (AP Photo/Allegheny County District Attorney's Office)

PITTSBURGH (NBC) — A Pittsburgh McDonald’s employee has been jailed on charges that she sold heroin hidden in Happy Meals to drive-thru customers who uttered the code words, “I’d like to order a toy.”

According to Mike Manko, a spokesman for Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala, authorities received information that heroin was being sold by an employee at the McDonald’s restaurant.

Manko said several law enforcement officers set up a controlled buy at the restaurant Wednesday.

Investigators said customers looking for heroin were told to go through the drive-through and say “I’d like to order a toy.”

The customer would then be told to drive to the first window, where they’d hand over their money and get a Happy Meal box containing heroin in exchange.

The customer, who just paid $82, would then leave without stopping at the second window, according to Manko.

Once the controlled buy was executed, detectives arrested Shantia Dennis. After the arrest, 10 stamp bags of heroin were recovered inside the Happy Meal box and another 50 bags were recovered from Dennis, Manko said.

Manko said it’s unclear how long the process has been going on or how many transactions have taken place.

Police said it doesn’t appear that the heroin is related to the potentially lethal batches being sold in the area.

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