The man in photo above spent more than $500 cash on Girl Scout cookies, buying out the remaining of their inventory so they wouldn’t have to stand in the rain. After the above photo went viral of the man doing what many thought was a good deed, he was arrested in a long-term federal drug investigation.
The photo went viral quickly, garnering nearly 10 thousand Facebook shares in 5 days with people praising the thoughtful gesture.
WSPA set out to cover the act of kindness Tuesday, interviewing both of the scouts and the woman who took the photo. However, late in the afternoon, WSPA learned that the mystery man, identified as Detric McGowan, was arrested Tuesday morning by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
He is accused of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute heroin, cocaine and fentanyl. McGowan allegedly tried to import drugs from Mexico.
According to the local DEA, McGowan was taken into custody at his home in a rural part of Laurens County, where cash and other assets were seized by U.S. Marshals.
Resident Agent Mike Rzepczynski of the DEA told 7-News Reporter Kirsten Glavin over the phone that McGowan’s arrest was part of a long-term federal drug investigation that began in September 2018 and spanned out of state.
McGowan faced a judge Tuesday afternoon, along with several others who were arrested in this operation.
We’re told he will have a bond hearing on Friday.
McGowan remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals.
According to Detric McGowan’s idictment, he has been charged with the following:
- 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
- Three counts of unlawful use of a communication facility.
I bet he wishes he had of left those cookies alone.