Even though he’s still on trial and in police custody for a $2.5 million drug deal gone wrong, earlier today, Harlem producer/”Love & Hip Hop:New York” reality star Mendeecees Harris was acquitted by Jurors, who found him not guilty of sexually assaulting a teenager by coercing her money and other manipulation in his Lodi home in New Jersey, when she was 15.
Fellow “Love & Hip Hop: NY” star Yandy Smith was also among those in the courtroom who leapt to their feet, stomped, clapped, shouted, sobbed, and raising arms skyward, as the verdicts to the eight individual charges were read just before 4 p.m.
And instead of going free, he was returned to the Bergen County Jail, where federal marshals have been holding him on a detainer, after surrendering last week after he was named in a federal indictment out of Rochester, N.Y. that accuses him and two other men with trafficking $2.5 million worth of heroin and cocaine.
According to reports, the government is expected to bring that case against him now that his teen-sex trial has ended. Plus, arrangements are expected to be made to extradite him in New York early next week.
Harris, who’s been characterized in unconfirmed media accounts as a former police informant, already has a drug conviction on his record that led to federal prison time and probation following a 2001 arrest.