RICHMOND, VA-A marijuana plant discovered inside the home of a Richmond City School Board member has been seized by police.
8News has learned the drugs were seized Tuesday evening from the home of Richmond City School Board member Shonda Harris-Muhammed.
Demetrius Muhammed, 42 of Richmond, has been charged with one felony count of manufacturing marijuana.
8News has learned Demetrius Muhammed is the husband of Shonda Harris-Muhammed.
Richmond Police say they responded to the home after receiving a tip.
When police entered the home around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, they found and seized at at least one marijuana plant.
"This matter is clearly very concerning, but I don't want to rush to judgment before we understand all the information related to this case," Mayor Dwight Jones said in a statement Wednesday morning. "Ultimately, I'm sure the residents of the 6th district will make their wishes known as it relates to how this matter impacts their school board representative."
The Richmond City School Board released a statement Wednesday evening that reads:
"The integrity and credibility of the Richmond City School Board and district are our paramount concerns. This Board is gravely concerned and deeply disappointed by what has been reported by the news media and the Richmond Police Department. We are faced yet again with an unfortunate incident that distracts us from the important work we have to complete. This incident has cast a shadow on the School Board at a time when we are working diligently to gain the confidence and trust of the community and improve the quality of public education in the City of Richmond.
Given the circumstances as we understand them at this point, and the time demands placed on a school board member, it is our belief that Mrs. Harris-Muhammed should devote all of her time and energy on the needs of her family during this difficult period.
Our goal as a Board remains improving educational outcomes for the students and families we serve."
When reached for comment, Shonda Harris-Muhammed said "This is a family matter that is highly private and personal for us. I am asking for the media to respect that."
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