Merren sentencing put back again

A Caymanian businessman who has been held in U.S. federal prison since December after pleading guilty in an international drug trafficking conspiracy will now have to wait until late June to hear his sentence.

Sentencing was delayed Wednesday for Gilroy Bryce Merren in the U.S. court case until June 25, following an earlier sentencing date of May 1. That date had been put back from March 2015.

Federal court records indicated the delay was at least partly due to personal problems of Merren’s Puerto Rican attorney.

Merren was arrested in March 2014 in Puerto Rico on allegations that he tried to persuade undercover U.S. Homeland Security agents he thought were drug dealers to cooperate with him in a scheme to smuggle drugs through the U.S. unincorporated territory and later launder the proceeds of the proposed transactions.

He pleaded guilty last December to conspiring with other individuals to possess cocaine, one of the three charges against him. The other two charges were held in abeyance until Merren’s sentencing.

U.S. court records have not stated who conspired with Merren in the alleged scheme, but statements from federal prosecutors indicated that the probe had not ended with Merren’s arrest and guilty plea.