Decorah Police are alerting the public, of a highly-addictive substance being sold in Northeast Iowa: Girl Scout Cookies!

Calling it the "Cookie Cartel", the police department notes that these very-legal substances, known by the names of Thin Mints, DoSiDo's, Trefoils, Samoas and more, will be circulating in your town very soon.

Authorities warn consumers that they are very addictive; it starts with the purchase of one box of cookies, then two, three, and even four, possibly some being hidden in your freezer.

The very heart of the "Cookie Cartel", are the young, smart and fearless ladies who will approach you with a story explaining the scout's good causes. The next thing you know, you're knee deep in delicious Girl Scout cookies!

For your convenience, the Decorah Police Department has set up a safe "disposal" location at the police station, where officers will gladly take the treats off your hands.

On a more serious note, the police department has some safety tips for Girl Scouts, for when they go door-to-door selling cookies:

• Wear clothing that identifies you as a Girl Scout.

• There is safety in numbers, use the buddy system.

• An adult should always be present when Girl Scouts are taking orders, selling, or delivering products.

• Never go into a home or vehicle when selling or delivering products.

• Sell during daylight hours.

• Never share personal information (names, addresses, phone numbers, etc.) with customers.

• If you observe anyone acting suspiciously, or if you feel threatened in any way, call the police immediately by dialing 911.

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