“Police say buying heroin in Pittsburgh used to be as easy as going to a McDonald’s drive-thru and telling the disembodied voice, “I’d like to order a toy.”
The customer would then drive to the window, hand over the money and get a Happy Meal box containing heroin in exchange, Manko said.
Pittsburgh’s finest caught wind of the take-out service when an informant came forward, and undercover officers quickly set up a sting operation at an East Liberty McDonalds.”
Original story here.
The accused in this article, Ms. Dennis, logically and wisely denied her involvement in this crime, even though heroin was found on her person, and she had drug money in her bra. Now, the question is how Ms. Dennis’s attorney will attempt to have the charges dropped. The first argument that comes to mind in a case like this is entrapment. Entrapment is when a government agent tricks someone into committing a crime. In this case, the officer’s pulled up to the drive thru window and asked for a happy meal toy. In response, they were given heroin. Unfortunately, the article does not give many more details pertaining to the transaction. If the officers had gone through the McDonald’s drive thru once a day for several weeks requesting heroin from Ms. Dennis in order to charge her with a crime, it would probably be entrapment. Had the officers gone through the drive-thru and told Ms. Dennis that they needed some heroin in order to alleviate pain or to fight off withdrawal symptoms, it would not be entrapment, because officers are allowed to lie. They are not allowed to have extreme behavior, which could be evidenced by repeated attempts, or even threats of severe bodily harm. Ms. Dennis and her attorney would have to prove a lot in order to get these charges dropped with the defense of entrapment. However, the article does clearly state, “It’s not clear how many buys the Pittsburgh police made before arresting Dennis — the only detailed purchase is the one on the day of her arrest.” I wonder if the police had actually made several purchases in order to boost the case against her, or if this was the only detailed account because Ms. Dennis had denied to sell to them previously. These are all facts that will be considered by Ms. Dennis’ attorney and perhaps, the charges will be dropped.
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