Man bought $540 in cookies so Girl Scouts could escape cold

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A Girl Scout troop was peddling cookies outside of a Greenville grocery store on Friday as temperatures were hovering around 1 C when a man approached the girls and purchased seven boxes of cookies.

Detric L. McGowan, 46, of Greensville, is charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine and fentanyl among other charges.

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Dillard's post has since gone viral, amassing 25,000 Facebook reactions and more than 9,100 shares as of Tuesday afternoon, and many social media users have tried to identify the Good Samaritan behind the selfless act.

A $540 cookie purchase has warmed Girl Scouts in more ways than one. "We all were shocked", she said. "Gave the girls $40, told them to keep the change", she wrote on the post.

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McGowan never told the girls his name.

A DEA spokesman said McGowan's arrest is completely unrelated to the cookie purchase. Hours later, the post said, McGowan returned and bought out the troop's entire haul of cookies. Then he came back to the table. "What an wonderful soul!" Dillard said the number of packages the man, who didn't give his name at the time, bought would have likely taken about another day and a half of efforts to sell.

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Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents were investigating McGowan for six months and planned on arresting him Tuesday, long before the photo of him smiling next to two Girl Scouts went viral.

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