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Where did Mendeecees Harris go? The Love & Hip Hop: New York star turned himself in to authorities at the top of the year over alleged drug trafficking, but the prison where he is located is no longer public knowledge.

According to one report, Harris was quietly sentenced to 15 years behind bars at the end of April, five years short of the mandatory 20-year bid he was said to be facing. A search of his name on the Federal Bureau of Prisons reveals that Harris is “in transit,” which typically indicates that he has not yet been sentenced, even though his projected release date is “unknown.”

Additionally, there is no news surrounding the start of a trial date.

However, further investigation found that  Harris is in the pre-trial phase and although he was said to have pleaded not guilty in March, that information is untrue. Although he has been (obviously) tight-lipped  about the whole thing, Harris appeared in court for a “status conference” on May 17, and could potentially ask for a bail hearing. He’s scheduled to go back June 19. Like many local prisons, police in the area have deals with the feds to house inmates awaiting trial, which appears to be the case here.

His girlfriend, Yandy Smith is the couple’s sole mouthpiece. A glimpse of his latest legal troubles aired on the VH1 series, but the rest has been kind of a mystery. “It’s a hard situation, especially when you don’t have any answers yet,” Smith told VH1 in March. “It’s kind of just a waiting situation to see what this is all about, and that’s the hard part – the unknown is the hardest part.”

Harris’ story became a sleeper hit for season three of the show given all its twists and turns. Prior to the drug charges came allegations that the 34-year-old father s-xually abused a teen girl. He was later vindicated of wrongdoing.

Just as that debacle ended, the drug charges popped up.

The native New Yorker is accused of trafficking more than $2 million worth of coke and heroin for a decade. His brother, and another cohort have also been indicted for their roles in the alleged drug scheme.

Hip-Hop Wired reached out to Harris’ lawyer, Donald Thompson, who confirmed  that he has not “been found guilty of anything yet, much less sentenced.”


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