With VH1 cameras waiting outside of federal court Monday, as Love & Hip Hop NY films for its next season, U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci Jr. agreed to release Harris on a $600,000 bond package — half of which was provided in court.
He was released later from the Yates County Jail, where he has been held. Harris, 35, is accused of a role in a New York City-based drug ring that included his brother, Tyrus Harris, and another man, Ronald Walker. Tyrus Harris pleaded guilty before Geraci Monday, and Walker pleaded guilty last year.
The drug ring transported cocaine to the Rochester region, federal authorities allege. Tyrus Harris faces a sentence of about five to seven years, under federal sentencing recommendations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Sherman and Mendeecees Harris’ lawyer, Donald Thompson, said in court Monday that they’ve been working toward a resolution with the case.
The bail agreement, Sherman said, is expected to be substantial enough to ensure Harris returns for future court dates. Smith, who is engaged to Harris and who is one of the bigger stars of the show, said after court that she has no worries about the $200,000 pledge.
“Mendeecees is a very good guy,” said Smith, who was once on the list of Billboard Magazine’s “Top 30 Executives under 30.” Despite rumors that Harris was already free, he has been in jail since January 2013. Those are hefty charges Harris is facing, which will know doubt only increase chatter that he is cooperating with authorities.
However, any such claims are strictly speculation. Watch Smith speak on Harris’ release below and pics of Harris walking the streets a free man on the following pages.