South Carolina man who bought $540 in cookies so Girl Scouts could get out of cold arrested by DEA

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GREENWOOD COUNTY, S.C. — The South Carolina man who was widely praised for buying hundreds of dollars worth of cookies so Girl Scouts could get out of the cold has been arrested by the DEA, WYFF reports.

Detric Lee McGowan, 46, of Piedmont, South Carolina, was named in a 21-page indictment, along with others, for conspiracy to import and possess with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine and fentanyl.

McGowan received widespread recognition after a Facebook post went viral.

According to the post, which has now been deleted, McGowan stopped at the girls’ stand and bought seven boxes of cookies; he gave the girls $40 and told them to keep the change.

Shortly after his initial purchase, he returned and told the girls to pack up everything they had. Kayla Dillard said in the post that the man told the girls he wanted to buy everything so they could get out of the cold.

WYFF reached out to the Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands and received this statement:

“Nobody was hurt. Nobody was threatened. We had no reason to believe that this man was anything other than one of our valuable customers that is helping Girl Scouts power awesome experiences through the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

“This is now in the hands of law enforcement and of course we will cooperate with authorities.”

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