PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A woman accused of selling heroin in Happy Meals appeared in court today.

While the hearing was postponed, Shantia Dennis’ attorney said she is a hard-working woman who was trying to provide for her family.

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Dennis, 26, is accused of selling heroin in Happy Meals while working at McDonald’s in East Liberty.

“”The allegations are quite serious,” attorney David J. Shrager said.

Narcotics investigators said they seized 10 bags of heroin inside a Happy Meal box and another 50 bags on Dennis.

Shrager said. she is a mother of two and was trying to help her family.

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“She’s a hard-working person who’s attempting to feed her children and she’s working a difficult job that doesn’t pay a lot. And like a lot of Americans right now, she’s struggling just trying to make basic ends meet even while working a full-time job,” Shrager said.

While the District Attorney’s Office and investigators believe what they recovered was heroin, official lab testing has not yet been completed.

“It’s both identifying what the substance is and how much it is,” Shrager said. “One of the elements they have to prove is that it was actual narcotics and they don’t have the scientific evidence at this moment to prove that. Therefore, they postponed it in order to get that.”

“The hearing has been rescheduled for April 9.


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