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Man Who Bought $540 of Girl Scouts Cookies Is Arrested

The DEA said Detric Lee McGowan is is the same man who appeared in a photo that garnered thousands of views and shares online

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    Man Who Bought $540 of Girl Scouts Cookies Is Arrested
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    A man who paid $540 in cash for a Girl Scout troop's cookies so they could escape the cold outside a store near Greenville, South Carolina, has been arrested.

    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 report the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency says 46-year-old Detric Lee McGowan was arrested Tuesday on charges including conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine. The agency says McGowan is the same man who appeared in a photo that garnered thousands of views and shares online.

    Kayla Dillard had shared the photo on Facebook, saying the man paid $540 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.

    The post went viral, and was shared more than 6,000 times, according to NBC affiliate WYFF. Dillard later took the post down or made it private.

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    An indictment issued last week says McGowan, also known as "Fat," is one of several suspects in an ongoing drug investigation. It says he and 10 other people conspired to import drugs from Mexico in late 2018. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 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, says the organization will cooperate with authorities. She says in a Tuesday statement that the organization had no reason to believe McGowan was "anything other than one of our valuable customers."

    McGowan was being held at a Spartanburg County detention center. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

    Greenville is about 140 miles (225 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta.