Heroin Happy Meal- Drug Dealer Gets CreativeBy: Ellisha Rader Mannering - January 31, 2014
McDonalds worker ShanTia Denni was arrested for dealing heroin. The shocking part of this story is the method in which she was dealing the drug. District Attorney Narcotics Enforcement received information that Denni was dealing drugs through Happy Meals at the McDonalds where she worked.
According to investigators, Denni would sell heroin through the drive thru to customers who said, “I’d like to order a toy.” That phrase was the code word for buying heroin and it is unknown exactly how many people Denni was dealing to through the drive thru.
Denni was arrested on Wednesday night but denied the allegations. Iftikhar Malik owns the franchise where the heroin deals occurred. He also owns another McDonalds a few miles away, where another employee was caught dealing drugs earlier this month. Investigators do not think the McDonalds franchise owner was aware of Denni’s drug deals.
Malik released a statement through a McDonald’s corporate office saying, “As an employer and a member of the community, the safety of our guests and employees is our first priority. The allegations related to this employee do not represent acceptable behaviors and are not consistent with my values. As such, we take these charges very seriously and we are fully cooperating with the authorities. We are also conducting our own thorough internal investigation.”
There have been 22 fatal heroin overdoses in Pennsylvania over the last few weeks. Police are working to determine where the fentanyl-laced heroin is coming from, but do not believe that either of the McDonald’s dealers are connected to the lethal batches of heroin.
Denni has been charged with criminal use of a cellphone and four drug counts: delivery of heroin, possession with intent to deliver heroin, and possession of heroin and marijuana. She is currently in jail.
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