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Ten marijuana plants were found on a table in the Oak Hill, Fla., mayor's back yard. Image: vanz/Flickr/CC BY-SA

Marijuana plants have been discovered growing in the Oak Hill, Fla., mayor’s back yard. The mayor says they do not belong her, and she is being set up.

Mayor defends herself

Narcotics officers in Oak Hill, Fla. say that two weeks ago they found 10 small plants growing on a table next to the house of Mary Lee Cook, the 84-year-old mayor of Oak Hill. Cook defended herself Monday at a city commission meeting.

Mayor once an avid gardener

Cook said she used to be an avid gardener but is not up to it anymore. However, she said, if she had planted marijuana, she’d have done a better job of it.

“If I were going to plant marijuana,” she said, “I wouldn’t plant it right up next to my house and I would certainly have a better looking crop.”

Plants not there days earlier

According to Cook’s son, 50-year-old David Cook, who also lives on the property, the table on which the plants were found was dragged there from its normal place. He said that he was on that part of the property a few days earlier fixing a break in the fence and the plants were not there at that time.

Cook critical of the police

Cook believes she is being framed because of her comments about the police department. “I criticize the police department all the time.” she said.

The tension between Cook and Oak Hill Police Chief Diane Young is well-known in the community. Cook believes that Young is unqualified for the position.

‘Too old to worry’

Cook made it clear that she is not accusing anybody, but all the same, the plants did not materialize by themselves. She said she is not worried about possible future persecution. “I just don’t know. I’m not going to worry about it. I’m too old to worry about stuff like that,” she said.

No charges filed at this time

So far no charges have been filed against Cook. However, she has not been cleared in the matter. Volusia County Sheriff’s spokesman Gary Davidson says an investigation is ongoing.


WESH: http://www.wesh.com/r/28681258/detail.html
Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/27/marijuana-found-in-oak-hill-mayors-yard_n_910979.html
CBS: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/07/27/national/main20084226.shtml

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