Preliminary hearing postponed for woman accused of hiding heroin in Happy Meals

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A woman charged with selling heroin at a McDonald's drive-thru by hiding it in a Happy Meal box is embarrassed and disheartened, said her attorney, who awaits evidence in the case.

Shantia Dennis, 26, of East Pittsburgh, was scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing this morning. The hearing was postponed while prosecutors await the results of crime lab testing on a substance they said Ms. Dennis sold to an undercover detective.

Investigators acting on a tip from an informant said that they used the code phrase "I'd like to order a toy" when they went through the drive-thru at the McDonald's in the Village of Eastside Shopping Center and sent Ms. Dennis a text confirming they had arrived. According to a criminal complaint, an informant gave Ms. Dennis $82 and she put a bundle of heroin stamp bags into a Happy Meal box and handed it out the drive-thru window.

Ms. Dennis' attorney, David Shrager, said this afternoon that without the results of the crime lab tests, "As of right now we don't know what the substance is or how much there is."

He described Ms. Dennis as a mother of two young children who worked full-time prior to her arrest and has "no significant criminal history." She lost her job at the McDonald's after her arrest and is currently looking for another job, her attorney said.

"Certainly this is very disconcerting and disheartening for her. She is tremendously embarrassed," he said.

Ms. Davis is scheduled to appear in court again April 9.


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