'Love & Hip Hop' Star Remorseful After Eight-Year Drug Trafficking Sentence

By McCarton Ackerman 12/03/15

Mendeecees Harris pleaded guilty last April to trafficking cocaine and heroin.

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Love & Hip Hop cast member Mendeecees Harris won’t be appearing on TV anytime soon, after the reality star was handed a hefty eight-year sentence in an upstate New York prison for drug trafficking.

Harris, 37, pleaded guilty last April to conspiracy to distribute and possess heroin and cocaine. Prosecutors claimed that his drug trafficking took place between 2005 and 2012. He is expected to turn himself in and begin serving his sentence early in 2016. Under federal sentencing guidelines, he must serve 85% of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

His lengthy prison sentence was actually the lowest possible term he could have received under the terms of his plea agreement, which called for a maximum sentence of just over 10 years. The judge in his case reportedly took the work he’s done since his arrest in trying to deter kids from drug trafficking into account when handing down his sentence.

“The possibility of a jail sentence has been well known in the community,” said his attorney, Donald Thompson. “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.”

In addition to the sentence, Harris also had to give back the $171,000 he made while starring on Love & Hip Hop and an Audi R8 worth over $100,000. He was previously free on $600,000 bond and used his earnings from the show toward his restitution payments.

He took to Instagram shortly after the sentencing and urged young men involved in the same activities he was to change their ways.

“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,” he wrote. "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.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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