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Richmond School Board member speaks out about drug bust at home

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An embattled Richmond School Board member is speaking out after a drug bust at her home.

Shonda Harris-Muhammed represents the 6th district and is facing countless questions after police stormed her home and found a marijuana plant on the back porch.

Her husband, Demetrius, was arrested on a drug charge.

"I was dumbfounded," said Harris-Muhammed. "I just could not believe that is why they were here at my home."

Harris-Muhammed claims she was in shock after police swarmed her North Avenue home Tuesday. They arrested her husband, Demetrius Muhammed, for growing marijuana on the family's back porch.

"It is very hurtful," said Harris-Muhammed. "I am going to deal with him accordingly."

Her future on the board is now in question. Mayor Dwight Jones calls the news "very concerning."

"I would never do anything to abuse people's trust," said Harris-Muhammed. "I did not know. If I did know I wouldn't be sitting here having a conversation with you."

"Is that what upsets you the most?" we asked.

"Certainly," replied Harris-Muhammed. "And how dare he have the audacity?"

The Richmond School Board released a statement that stopped just short of calling for Harrris-Muhammed to resign.

"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," read the statement in part.

Harris-Muahmmed has a message for her constituents.

"This is in no way a descriptor of who I am or what I stand for," said Harris-Muhammed. "I am going to continue to do the work that my constituents elected me to do by any means necessary."

Harris-Muhammed says she is now focused on the annual back to school drive.

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