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School Board Member's Husband In Court On Drug Charge

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RICHMOND, VA—The husband of a Richmond School Board member arrested after a pot plant was seized from the couple's home in July appeared in court Wednesday.

Demetrius Muhammed, 42 of Richmond, has been charged with one felony count of manufacturing marijuana.

In a Wednesday court hearing, Muhammed's case was continued until October.

8News has learned the drugs were seized the night of July 23, from the home of Richmond City School Board member Shonda Harris-Muhammed, who is married to Demetrius Muhammed.

Richmond Police say they responded to the home after receiving a tip, and when they entered the home around 8:30 p.m., police say they found and seized at least one marijuana plant.

Standing by her husband, back in July, Shonda Harris-Muhammed says despite school board chair Jeffrey Bourne's suggestion she spend all her time focused on her family right now, she will not be stepping aside.

"One of the first things I want to let my constituents know is I am not resigning from School Board as their sixth district representative," Harris-Muhammed said. "That is not an option."

She says she was surprised when police stormed her home and plucked a pot plant from the deck and had no idea this was going at her home.

"I had no idea that was there on my back porch," Shonda Harris-Muhammed  told 8News.

The Richmond City School Board released a statement back in July that read:

"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."

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