The next season of Love & Hip Hop: New York might be that much more interesting, thanks to an alleged new development in Yandy Smith's storyline. Reports say that Smith's fiancé, Mendeecees Harris, has been released from custody.
Mendeecess has been locked up on federal cocaine trafficking charges since last January. Authorities previously seized over $1.5 million in cash and jewelry from Mendeecees and alleged cohorts, Tyrus Harris (his brother), and Ronald "Kellz Walker.
In December 2013, Walker pleaded guilty to money laundering and conspiracy charges, admitting to setting up the distribution of 40 kilos of cocaine, and a single kilo of heroine. As it stands, Mendeecees is no longer listed on the Federal Bureau of Prison's website.
Uptown Magazine reports:
Consistent with his plea agreement, Walker was sentenced to the minimum 10 years of imprisonment, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. As a result of Walker's conviction, $2.5 million worth of assets seized in connection with the investigation were forfeited to the government, including cash and homes in Queens, New York and Fulton County, Georgia.
But where do things stand with Mendeecees' case? Apparently as of November 2013, no public docket entries have been made by the Court Clerk. Both the Bureau of Prisons and Harris' attorney report that Mendeecees is currently not in federal custody, but do not offer any additional information or comment. The most recent activity in Mendeecees' case was an order requiring the parties to inform the Court by November 15, 2013 as to whether the defendant would be requesting that infamous detention hearing. Curiously, no public filings appear on record thereafter.
Last November Smith commemorated her future husband's 35th birthday with an Instagram post thanking him for how "strong" her made her. "Hope you know how much we love you," she wrote. "And how much we pray for you everyday."
Smith gave birth to the couple's son in 2012, and has been open about the struggles of being a single parent. She hasn't made public mention the alleged release.
An attorney for Mendeecees did not respond to Hip-Hop Wired's request for comment.