Social media hero who bought $500 of Girl Scout cookies arrested by the DEA

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GREENVILLE, SC (WIS) — UPDATE (5:50 p.m. Feb. 26):

The man who was lauded as a hero across the country for buying hundreds of dollars of girl scout cookies to let a group of children get out of the cold has been arrested by the DEA.

According to WSPA, the man – identified as 46-year-old Detric McGowan – was arrested Tuesday morning as part of a long-term investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

McGowan, accused of conspiring to manufacture and distribute heroin, cocaine and fentanyl, was reportedly arrested at his home in a rural part of Laurens County, South Carolina, where U.S. Marshals seized cash and other assets.

DEA officials told local media that the multi-state investigation began in September of 2018.

McGowan is charged with
• Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances,
• Conspiracy to import controlled substances,
• Conspiracy to commit bulk cash smuggling ($1,004,665.00),
• Interstate travel and transportation in aid of drug trafficking business,
• Possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin,
• Maintaining a drug-involved premise,
• Conspiracy to structure transactions to evade reporting requirement, and
• Three counts of unlawful use of a communication facility.

You can read the full indictment here.

The 21-page court filing claims McGowan, known by the street name "Fat," conspired to import heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl from Mexico along with 10 other people.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says authorities are still searching for one of the suspects.

A DEA spokesman said McGowan's arrest is completely unrelated to the cookie purchase.

Karen Kelly, the Vice President of Recruiting and Marketing for Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands released 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."

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


A Greenville, South Carolina man is a hero to Girl Scouts, according to one woman's Facebook post.

Kayla Dillard, who manages the cookie sales for the troop her daughter is involved in, posted a photo of a nice guy, and obvious lover of Girl Scout cookies, in Greenville on Feb. 22. She said he initially bought seven boxes of cookies from the ladies of Troop #1574, but then came back with a surprise.

"Then he came back to the table and said 'pack up all of your cookies. I'm taking them all so y'all can get out of this cold,'" Dillard wrote.

In all, Dillard said the unknown man spent $540 on cookies.

"What an amazing soul," Dillard wrote.

Dillard says she has no idea who the man is, but is thankful for his kindness.

"I do not know who the man is, but he has been tagged in the post several times," Dillard said. "I can't confirm his identity."

According to WYFF, he posed for a picture with two Girl Scouts after buying their cookies, but no one got his name.

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