Former Drug Kingpin Turned Actor Melvin Williams Dies At Age 73


Former drug trafficker turned actor Melvin Williams, seen here in ‘The Wire’ Season 3, has died. He was 73. IMAGE: HBO

Melvin Williams, a former Baltimore drug kingpin who inspired — and later appeared on — HBO’s critically acclaimed drama The Wire, has died, according to the Baltimore Sun. He was 73.

Williams — also known as “Little Melvin” — was for a time best known for his role in the booming Baltimore drug trade. In 1987, Williams was the subject of a five-part series by then-Baltimore Sun reporter David Simon, who would go on to create The Wire. The drama ran on HBO for five seasons from 2002-08 and is widely regarded as one of the best series of all time.

Following his release from prison in 1996, Williams left his life of crime and even appeared on the show on a recurring basis, playing a character called the Deacon.

On Thursday, Simon paid tribute to Williams, calling him the man “who made me begin to rethink the drug war” on Twitter.

Source | Mashable 

Mendeecees Harris of LHHNY Sentenced To 8 Years For Cocaine & Heroin Distribution


Via Atlanta Daily World– The judge’s decision finally came down on “Love and Hip Hop New York” star Mendeecees Harris — and it was a worse outcome than they could have thought it would be.

The husband to LHHNY’s Yandy Smith has been sentenced to eight years in a federal prison after being convicted on slinging large quantities cocaine and heroin into the state of New York. 

It’s not as bad as it could have been after Harris threw himself at the mercy of the court — and the federal prosecutor even asked the judge to go easy on him — when he took a deal and pled guilty to felony drug trafficking and conspiracy, admitting that he and his accomplices ferried large amounts of cocaine and heroin to upstate New York.

Even though he has a 97-month prison sentence in Rochester, N.Y. after his plea deal in U.S. District Court in Rochester in April, Harris could have gotten 40 years and a $5 million fine, which would effectively taken away the balance of the rest of his life.

As it was, Harris’ plea called for a sentence of eight to 10 years in prison.

Despite knowing he may be going to prison for an extended period of time, Yandy Smith still married Harris. He has been free under 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.

Following the sentencing, Mandeecees posted a message that showed a man at peace with himself and offered a message to those who may head down his same path.