Candidate Linked With Growing Marijuana

Posted at 11:52 AM, May 18, 2016

An eastern Tennessee Democrat Congressional candidate has been linked with a marijuana growing operation.

Authorities said in a statement police officers and state investigators executed a search warrant Friday and found firearms, cash, processed marijuana, and more than 180 marijuana plants on a Crossville property owned by Florence "Flo" Matheson and Stephen Harrington. Both were facing criminal indictment.

Matheson has been running for the 6th Congressional District seat occupied by Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black.

Matheson told the media Tuesday she had no knowledge about the growing operation.

She said she’s guilty of nothing more than "possessing a couple of ounces of marijuana." She said one ounce was for personal use and another was intended to be used for cannabis oil.