Fla. mayor, 84, says 'grass' in yard was not hers

July 27, 2011 - 11:43 AM

OAK HILL, Fla. (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 marijuana was there.

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

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