Mendeecees Harris Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges
Two years ago, the fiancé of “Love & Hip Hop” star Yandy Smith, Mendeecees Harris, 36, was hit with drug trafficking charges. Investigators accused the father of four of trafficking $2.5 million worth of drugs throughout Rochester, New York between 2005 and August 2012. Harris was released on $600,000 bail—$200,000 of which was provided by Smith—after serving 13 months behind bars.
Tuesday, Harris appeared in court and pled guilty to narcotics conspiracy, admitting that he shipped heroin and cocaine to the Rochester area over the span of 7 years, Democrat & Chronicle reports. Harris admitted to his involvement in the drug trafficking operation along with his brother Tyrus Harris and Ronald Walker, who was previously sentenced to 10 years.
Harris accepted a plea deal, which requires him to turn over all earnings from “Love & Hip Hop”and public appearances. According to his attorney Donald Thompson, his payments have totaled $103,000 so far. Currently free on bail until sentencing in August, Harris faces 8 to 10 years in federal prison and/or a fine that can range from $15,000 to $5 million. Thompson says that he may face four of five years of supervised release as well.
As previously reported, Harris and Smith are scheduled to wed on live television Monday, May 25. Considering that the couple just welcomed their first daughter three months ago and that Mendeecees fathers three other young children, we would hope that he gets off with a fine and no jail time. Perhaps having to fork over millions or even thousands to the federal government is punishment enough.
Harris’ sentencing date has been set for August 31.