Mendeecees Harris, 37, pled guilty in April to conspiracy to distribute and possess heroin and cocaine — and we learned on Tuesday the Love & Hip-Hop star has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison.
The drug trafficking charges stem from his involvement in a drug ring, which ran between NYC and Rochester, NY, from 2005 through 2012. He was also forced to fork over the $171,000 he made from the VH1 series, in addition to his $111,000 Audi R8 from 2011.
Mendeecees Harris and his wife, Yandy Smith. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Mendeecees, who married Yandy Smith in May, was already credited for serving 15 months, so he will actually be released after seven years in the slammer.
"The possibility of a jail sentence has been well known in the community, and he's talked about that with kids who are coming up in difficult situations and have to make life choices, whether it's a good idea to make a whole lot of money selling drugs or make less money and not have to be looking over your shoulder,” his attorney, Donald Thompson, said via Billboard.
Mendeecees shared a message with his Twitter followers after the sentencing, reading, “The over flow of support and love and has been overwhelming.”
I want you all to understand something. I completely accept responsibility for all that is going on. 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.