Oak Hill Mayor Mary Lee Cook says marijuana growing in yard was not hers

10:15 AM, Jul 27, 2011   |    comments
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OAK HILL, Florida (AP) - The 84-year-old mayor of a central Florida city says someone tried to ruin her reputation by planting marijuana on her property.

Mayor Mary Lee Cook defended herself during an Oak Hill city commission meeting Monday after narcotics agents found pot growing on her land.

Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson says Cook has not been charged. He says the incident is under investigation but investigators do not believe the mayor knew the pot was there.

Cook says narcotics agents came to her home two weeks ago to check out reports that she was growing pot. The plants were found near a kicked-in section of fence near her house.

During Monday's meeting Cook said she would not resign and that she would deal with any further harassment by hiring an attorney. 

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