Man Spends $540 on Cookies to Get Scouts Out of Cold

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A Girl Scout troop was selling cookies outside in near-freezing weather Friday in SC when a man approached their table and bought seven packs of the Girl Scout cookies.

Federal agents arrested McGowan on Tuesday just as his act of kindness was beginning to take off on Facebook.

The Good Samaritan, who remains anonymous, approached Girl Scouts Emerson and Maya at their cookie sale outside the Bilo grocery store in Mauldin, South Carolina, and initially bought seven boxes of Girl Scout cookies, giving the girls $40- and urged them to keep the change.

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.

"This man purchased 7 packs of cookies", the viral Facebook post read. "Then he came back to the table and said, "Pack up all of your cookies". Dillard said she still hasn't been able to confirm his identity. "What an unbelievable soul!" Hours later, the post said, McGowan returned and bought out the troop's entire haul of cookies. "We stood there in shock for a little while".

The troop sold about 221 packages of cookies that night.

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

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