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'Love & Hip Hop: New York' Star Mendeecees Harris Sentenced To 8 Years For Heroin & Cocaine Trafficking (Video)

Mendeecees Harris was sentenced to eight years in a federal penitentiary on Tuesday, December 1, for his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy that shipped large amounts of heroin and cocaine from downstate New York to Rochester, from 2005 until August 2012.

Harris pleaded guilty in April.

He could have been sentenced to as much as 20 years if he had chosen to go to trial and gotten convicted. Harris will get credit for 15 months already served. The Democrat and Chronicle reports that with good behavior and changes to drug sentencing guidelines he could be a free man in five or six years.

U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci Jr. said that Harris, his brother and one other man shipped two to five kilograms of cocaine monthly, plus up to seven kilograms of heroin.

Authorities brought an end to the drug ring when they raided two New York City homes in August 2012. $615,000 in cash was found in the homes. Another $911,000 was found in safety deposit boxes connected to the drug ring, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.

The 36-year old star of Love and Hip Hop: New York issued a statement via his Instagram account after sentencing.

"I want you all to understand something. I completely accept responsibility for all that is going on," he wrote. "My transition to be a better person a productive person started well before this case. However in my past I made some bad decisions. Young men let my life be an example to you now before it's too late. Better who you are now in your children's lives and in society so you can change the path of your fate. Lack of opportunities, a fatherless home, the unforgiven neighborhood and circumstances you grew up in can no longer be your excuse. Trust me I tried. And it doesn't make the pain your family feels any different. Young man educate your self and break the cycle. Don't become a number on the DOA (dead on arrival) list or on the incarceration list. To my wife and children you are all strong and well prepared for this. This is just another brick laid down towards our house of happily ever after , walk with your head held high knowing I would never past the buck and put another family through what we have endured. Continue to walk in faith and love as you've done so well. To my peoples thank you for all the encouragement and support please continue to encourage my family. Thank you again all."

Harris' wife, Yandy Smith, was in court with the couple's 10-month old baby. While understandably upset that her husband would be in prison for so long, she said the sentencing "brought closure."

"Now we have a definitive number (with the sentence) and we can move forward," she said outside of a Federal Building in Rochester. "I know there is an end."

Harris has already paid the federal government $170,000 of his earnings from LHH and public appearances, as part of an agreement.

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Comment by Loveli on December 11, 2015 at 3:36pm

Comment by Jazzy on December 9, 2015 at 11:09am
This made me sad. Seems like he changed his life around so it's a shame that his past caught up with him after starting a family with Yandy. I don't think he got a fair sentence 8 years is a long time but hopefully Yancy will wait for him.
Comment by Red Walker on December 9, 2015 at 5:56am

O Thank God for people like Yandy, Mendezi did not deserve what he got. At least his women is going to stand by him. Threw up and down, sickness and health, death do you part what happen to that. I don't know if it is me or the women I chose but it is all about the money. Big turn off. I am old school just looking for true love. You can not take money to your grave and it will not keep you alive when your time come. Keep real love alive. 

Comment by Red Walker on December 9, 2015 at 5:46am

When it comes to drugs, I really have to put most blame on the drug user, unless he or she is under age. My opinion is you have the right to do drug if you choose too. Both party is breaking the law, but one gets no time in jail and the other get a whole lot of time in jail. I do not understand the law in this country, it makes no sense. We should look to change both people, and make them both equally responsible. Clearly this is about the money. One spent the money, the other made the money lets go after the one who making the money. Haters. God Bless America, but we do not take care of our own. This country is about to fall if we don't wake up. Do I want my tax dollar putting Mendezi in jail. No. Give him probation a chance to take of his family and stay out of trouble. What use is he sitting in jail over drugs people chose to use. I feel only murder and rape should be unforgiving. Unless it was self defense or it has reasonable doubt. 

Comment by MorpheusX on December 9, 2015 at 12:02am

Dealt drugs and got caught. Now he's doing an 8 year bid. 8 YEARS.

Yandy is 33. A woman is in her sexual peak in her 30s.

Do you think a woman that fine is going to wait until she's 42 years old for some drug dealing wannabe rapper to get out of prison? 8 years of waiting to feel the comfort and support of a man? 

Conjugal visits in prison are pathetic...

Clearly, she's stupid for dealing with a low class thug like him, but even the whole "bad boy" fixation fades once you're in your mid 30s.

I give her 2 years TOPS before she divorces him and moves on with her life.

Comment by dc on December 8, 2015 at 12:22am

MENDEZI I HOPE AND PRAY FOR GOOD RESTORATION. I REALLY LIKE SEEING YOU ON LOVE AND HIP HOP. A LOT OF RESPECT GOES OUT TO YOUR FAMILY ESPECIALLY YENDY SHE IS REALLY A STRONG EDUCATED BLACK WOMAN. 

WE PRAY FOR HER AS SHE PREPARES HERSELF TO RAISE THOSE KIDS WITHOUT YOU BEING THERE. I KNOW YOU ARE WITH THEM SPIRITUALLY AND HOPE YOU ALL STAY TOGETHER. WE THANK LOVE AND HIP HOP PRODUCER FOR BRINGING YOUR STORY TO LIGHT. WE LOVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. I AM NOT HERE TO CONDEMN YOU, QUESTION IS WHO AM I TO? NOW MAY GOD SHINE HIS LIGHT UPON YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. HOPE TO SEE YOU ON ANOTHER EPISODE OF LOVE N HIP HOP SOON. FOR TIME BEING I JUST CONTINUE TO BINGE ON FORMER EPISODE. GOD BLESS  

Comment by prettybbw on December 7, 2015 at 5:28am
very sad..I wish they'd just given him probation..I hope Yandy will wait for him..we'll keep the family in prayer..
Comment by Wayne Bacchus on December 6, 2015 at 11:24am
When your black you always have to cross your t's and dot your eyes .different strokes for different folks
Comment by TheresaFleming on December 4, 2015 at 7:01pm
Sad
Comment by Sh Miller on December 3, 2015 at 5:33pm
Intelligent point eldin, plus ain't to mention the pharmaceuticals they are funneling into people to keep them alive on a daily basis rather than cures, natural cures and the suppression of natural cures and information on them and now they have a whole bunch of frankensteins walking around. Hey everybody check the story to the left about the African car makers, this is a major step in advancement of the people, now let us see which countries import or refuse or which ones place embargoes, tariffs and rediculous taxes to make it difficult, but I guarantee already that most sales would first start in the Caribbean as long safety and price isn't a issue.

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