Tuesday's charges are not related to McGowan's generosity on Friday, when he bought a whole stock of Girl Scouts cookies outside a grocery store in Greenville, SC, so the girls would not stay in the cold.
"No one was injured, no one was threatened," said Karen Kelly, Vice President of the Girl Scout Local, in an interview with Greenville News. "We had no reason to think that this man was anything but one of our valued clients … It is now in the hands of law enforcement and of course we let's cooperate with the authorities. "
Local media reported Tuesday night that the DEA had confirmed McGowan's arrest that day and confirmed that he was the man who appeared on the viral photo of social media, thus adding a strange coded to a story that was fleeting and comforting.
On Friday, the 8-year-old was behind the stand for almost two hours when a man, presumably McGowan, walked out of the BI-LO supermarket. He bought seven boxes of biscuits and gave the girls $ 40, telling them to keep the change, recalled Kayla Dillard, a co-leader of the troupe overseeing the sale.
The girls thanked him and he walked to the parking lot. A few minutes later, he parked in the car.
"Pick them up, I'll take them all so you can get out of the cold," he said, according to Dillard, noting that he had seen the girls shaking.
He bought 121 boxes, for a total of $ 484. He gave $ 500 to the children. Once again, he did not want change.
"It has everything we had," said Dillard, including peanut butter cookies, peanut butter sandwiches, sesame crackers, lemonades and shortbread cookies.
McGowan's indictment, which was filed Feb. 19, describes his long-standing role in an alleged scheme to smuggle Mexican fentanyl, heroin and cocaine into the United States. in the USA.
This article was written by Reis Thebault and Deanna Paul, Washington Post reporters.