Over the weekend, a photo went viral after a man bought out a Girl Scout troop’s entire cookie stock
so that they wouldn’t have to continue their sales in near-freezing temperatures out in Greenville, S.C. Now that story isn’t as feel-good as it initially was.
The man, who had originally declined to identify himself, has now been arrested in a South Carolina drug bust carried out by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
According to WSPA
, Detric McGowan was taken into custody on Tuesday morning, and now faces a slew of charges, including conspiracy to manufacture and distribute heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl. He allegedly tried to import drugs from Mexico, the news station reports.
Other charges include conspiracy to commit bulk cash smuggling valued at $1,004,665, interstate travel and transportation in aid of drug trafficking business and maintaining a drug-involved premise.
DEA Resident Agent Mike Rzepczynski told WSPA
that McGowan’s arrest was part of a long-term federal drug investigation that started last September, encompassing the whole state.
He is expected to have a bond hearing on Friday. Nine other people were also indicted in the operation.
The Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands released a statement on Tuesday following McGowan’s indictment noting, ”
“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.”