Love and HipHop New York’s Mendeecees Harris was released from Yates County Jail on Monday after serving over a year in the pen. And who was there to help bail him out? His longtime girlfriend and ride or die chick, Yandy Smith.
According to reports, the reality star, who was taken into custody in January 2013 for his alleged involvement with a heroin and cocaine drug ring, was released on $600,000.00 bail. Harris and Smith appeared in federal court in Rochester yesterday and U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci Jr. agreed to release Harris on a “bond package.” That’s when Yandy agreed to front $200,000.00 of the set bail.
After the initial reports surfaced, there were many questions as to how somebody can get released by only paying partial sum of the bail. HipHollywood spoke exclusively with Los Angeles attorney, Daniel Perlman who broke it down for us.
“Most people are more familiar with bail in state courts where a specific percentage of the bond must be paid to secure one’s release. In federal court they sometimes don’t require any payment on a bond. Sometimes you can put up a house or something else of value called collateral,” he told us. “There is more flexibility in federal. In this case, a bond package as they are referring to it, is the federal judge requiring a combination of cash and assets in order to secure the individual’s release which may or may not add up to the full $600,000 bond.”
“The court and U.S attorney are probably evaluating the risk of flight of the individual and seeking what they believe is sufficient security that he will return to court on the appointed date. The risk is if the individual doesn’t return to court, whomever vouched for him will lose their asset. So they are more likely to stick around.”
On Monday evening, Yandy took to Instagram to share photos with fans of her man’s release. In one image, Mendeecees can be seen stepping into a waiting van which appears to be right outside the facility. In another image, the music producer can be seen holding he and Yandy’s 20-month old-son.