Nashua man charged with trespassing, drug possession

Telegraph photo by DEAN SHALHOUP Miguel Perez, Nashua resident charged with trespassing and drug-related offenses, enters court Monday for his bail hearing. He was arrested over the weekend at a vacant Lake Street building.

NASHUA – Arrested Sunday by police checking out a report of “several subjects” trespassing at a vacant building on Lake Street, Nashua resident Miguel Perez was ordered held in jail on preventive detention by the judge presiding over Perez’s bail hearing Monday in Superior Court.

Perez, 38, of 12 Curtis Drive, was initially charged with one count of criminal trespass, police said, but detectives’ observation of “narcotic-related evidence … in plain sight,” led to two additional felony charges.

They include one count each of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, second offense, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, second offense.

While Perez’s attorney asked Judge Jacalyn Colburn that his client be released on personal recognizance bail so he could seek treatment for substance use disorder, Colburn opted to hold Perez on preventive detention, citing her concerns his release would endanger other people as well as himself.

Colburn left open the possibility of personal recognizance bail, but the court would consider it only if Perez applied for, and was accepted, in a residential treatment program.

Assistant County Attorney Brett Harpster, the prosecutor at Monday’s bail hearing, asked Colburn to order Perez to have no contact with 68 Lake St., and to stay at least 100 yards away from it.

He said police called to that address Sunday saw several people, one of whom was Perez, who they said they watched go in and out of the building.

Upon entering, they saw “a box of a powdery substance” on a table, prompting police to apply for a warrant to search the premises. That would lead to the discovery of a scale, $230 in cash and bags of substances believed to be heroin or fentanyl and cocaine.

Perez has a significant criminal history, Harpster said, reading entries on his record beginning in 2006, with arrests for misdemeanor drug possession and felony drug sales.

He was charged in 2011 with forging documents, and in 2015 was convicted of an unspecified felony charge before being arrested for willful concealment in Milford in 2016.

Perez also has three pending cases out of Lawrence, Massachusetts district court, Harpster said.

More recently, Perez pleaded guilty to drug possession and sales charges, which landed him in State Prison for a term of three to six years. He is currently on parole, Harpster said.

Perez’s most recent appearance in court was in January, when he was charged with felonies for drug-related offenses and for possessing a dangerous weapon – brass knuckles – while a convicted felon.

However, he was able to post the $10,000 cash or surety bail, Harpster said, and remained free for four months before he was taken into custody Sunday.