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Mendeecees Harris sentenced

Mendeecees Harris, 37, of “Love and Hip Hop New York” fame was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Rochester, NY.  In March 2013, he entered a not guilty plea and faced a mandatory eight to 10 years in prison for federal drug conspiracy.

Harris, and two cohorts, Ronald Walker and Tyrus Harris, were accused of trafficking $2.5 million worth of cocaine and heroin from 2005 through 2012. In August 2012, the feds seized more than $1.5 million in cash from a safety deposit box found in a house believed to be connected to the crime, plus thousands of dollars in jewelry and watches.

Today, Harris received a 97-month prison sentence for the federal drug trafficking crime. He has been free on a bail agreement in which his earnings from the show and his paid public appearances are turned over to the federal government. That amount was more than $100,000 in April but may have significantly grown since then.

Harris’ wife, Yandy Smith, has been by his side throughout his trial. Their wedding was the focus of a VH1 special, “Love & Hip Hop Live: The Wedding.