Sentencing delayed in Merren drug case

Sentencing has been pushed back another six weeks for a Caymanian businessman who was arrested in Puerto Rico last year on drug trafficking conspiracy and money laundering allegations.

The sentencing hearing for Gilroy Bryce Merren is now set for May 1 in U.S. District Court in San Juan.

In court records, Judge Carmen Cerezo gave no explanation for the delay but noted that the rescheduling of the sentencing hearing was “for the last time.”

Merren pleaded guilty in December 2014 to conspiring with other individuals to possess cocaine – one of three charges filed against him. The other two charges will be dropped, as long as Merren adheres to all terms set forth in a sentencing agreement.

It has not been made clear in U.S. court records who is alleged to have conspired with Merren, but statements from federal prosecutors indicated that the probe has not ended with his arrest and guilty plea.