A McDonald's employee was arrested this week when police in Pennsylvania ordered a Happy Meal, told the employee at the drive-through that they would like to "order a toy," and received heroin in its stead. The Associated Press reported (via Yahoo News) Jan. 29 that the Allegheny County district attorney's office acted on a tip that a woman was selling heroin in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh. City police then set up a sting, making the arrest after ordering the popular kids' meal.
Heroin probably isn't the type of "toy" that most would expect in a McDonald's Happy Meal, but Pittsburgh police were informed that if they went through their local McDonald's drive-through and said, "I'd like to order a toy," they would be directed to another window where they would receive the meal with a side of heroin. So undercover agents did just that, subsequently arresting Shania Dennis, 26, of East Pittsburgh.
According to Fox News, authorities reported confiscating 10 bags of heroin in a Happy Meal box. They also discovered 50 more bags of heroin on the suspect.
Reporters were on the scene when Dennis was led away in handcuffs. She denied any wrongdoing.
Fox News noted that Dennis' arrest for selling heroin from an area McDonald's was the second such case in a month. Another employee was arrested at a Murrysville location about 20 miles east of Pittsburgh.
It is as yet unclear whether the two cases are connected.
However, officials note that the East Liberty heroin did not appear to be associated with the fentanyl-laced heroin blamed for 22 overdose deaths in southwestern Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh's KDKA reported that the deadly product -- usually in bags stamped "Theraflu," "Bud Ice," and "Income Tax" -- being sold is a combination of the pain narcotic fentanyl mixed with heroin, making it 10 to 100 times more potent than regular heroin. And also considerably more deadly, given that fentanyl is roughly 100 times more powerful than morphine.
But heroin isn't the only drug being sold at drive-throughs, nor is McDonald's the sole fast food restaurant of choice of dealers. In October, a woman in Madisonville, Tenn., accused of selling drugs out of a Wendy's drive through was arrested on unrelated charges. A Nashville, Ga., KFC was raided in July 2011, the manager arrested for allegedly selling not only marijuana from his restaurant, but also Oxycodone, Vicodin, and Hydrocodone.