JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) -- The president of a community college was arrested Wednesday on charges of raising marijuana for sale.
David England, 50, of Johnston, was being held at a county jail on $49,075 bond. Des Moines Area Community College placed him on paid administrative leave.
"Clearly this is not the kind of thing that happens every day and we're just shocked and stunned -- and really hoping it's a big mistake," college spokesman Donavan Honnold told WHO-TV in Des Moines.
Police went to England's suburban Des Moines home after receiving a tip that he was selling marijuana.
Officers seized harvested marijuana worth about $8,000 and 72 live plants, said police Sgt. Craig Porter.
A woman who answered the phone at England's home Wednesday night said she was his wife and they had no comment.
She said England had a lawyer but refused to give the lawyer's name or her own.
England was charged with manufacturing and delivery of marijuana, conspiracy, possession of drug paraphernalia and a tax stamp violation, police said.