Man who bought USD540 of Girl Scouts cookies is arrested

GREENVILLE, South Carolina (AP) — A South Carolina man who bought more than 120 boxes of Girl Scouts cookies to help the scouts escape the cold has been arrested on drug charges.

News outlets reported the United States (US) Drug Enforcement Agency said 46-year-old Detric Lee McGowan was arrested on Tuesday on charges including conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine. The agency said McGowan is the same man who appeared in a photo that garnered thousands of views and shares online.

Mother Kayla Dillard had shared the photo on Facebook, saying the man paid USD540 in cash for all the girls’ cookies so they could escape the cold outside a store near Greenville, South Carolina. She said she didn’t get the man’s name.

An indictment issued last week said McGowan, also known as “Fat”, is one of several suspects in an ongoing drug investigation.

It said he and 10 other people conspired to import drugs from Mexico in late 2018. The US Attorney’s Office said authorities are still searching for one of the suspects.

The Vice President of Recruitment and Marketing for Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands, Karen Kelly, said the organisation will cooperate with authorities.

She said in a Tuesday statement that the organisation had no reason to believe McGowan was “anything other than one of our valuable customers”. McGowan was being held at a Spartanburg County detention centre. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

Detric McGowan, who went viral for buying USD540 worth of cookies from a South Carolina Girl Scouts troop, was arrested on federal drug charges. – AP