Wow! We definitely didn't see this coming.
Earlier this week news outlets reported on a mystery man who gained viral notoriety for buying $540 worth of Girl Scout cookies so the girls wouldn't have to stand out in the cold.
Now he's garnering attention of an entirely different variety - he was arrested on drug charges on Tuesday at his home in Greenville, South Carolina.
Detric Lee McGowan, 46, appeared in federal court; he to faces drug and conspiracy charges relating to manufacturing heroin and fentanyl pills.
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.
“It was all a coincidence,” a DEA source told Fox News.
McGowan “used his story of buying $540 of Girl Scout cookies to falsely shine the spotlight on himself under the pretense of being a pillar of the community; in reality, he is a pariah to the community,” said Robert J. Murphy, the special agent in charge of the DEA's Atlanta field division. “His criminal conduct provided no positive benefit to the Greenville community, but only caused immeasurable and untold pain to the scores of families who are dealing with opioid addiction.
"Now that this defendant is behind bars, the Greenville community can celebrate the true heroes (the dedicated men/women in law enforcement) who work tirelessly to ensure their community is a safe place to raise families.”
The drug suspect has a history of prior drug dealing charges. He’s been arrested six times before and has served time in federal prison.
The viral Facebook post, shared over 9,000 times, said McGowan initially purchased seven boxes of cookies from the girls, who'd set up a stand outside a store in Greenville.
Heroin and Girl Scout cookies?! Dang! We knew those Thin Mints were addicting but we had no idea it went this deep.