Lawrence man facing drug charges in Atkinson

Rockingham County Sheriff's Department/Courtesy Photo Cristian Mendez, 39, of Lawrence, was arrested Wednesday for possession of cocaine and possession of heroin with intent to distribute in Atkinson, N.H.

ATKINSON — A Lawrence man is facing a drug possession and distribution charge after he was arrested in Atkinson.

Cristian Mendez, 39 of 149 Olive Ave. was arrested around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, according to Atkinson police.

Atkinson police coordinated with the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force for the arrest,. It was the result of an ongoing investigation about heroin distribution in Atkinson.

Mendez was arrested at the Post Office on Main Street after police received information he would be selling drugs in town, according to police Chief Al Brackett.

At the time of his arrest, he had 10 grams of heroin and two grams of cocaine. He was also arrested on two warrants for the sale of heroin.

Police said he has been selling heroin around the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire.

As of the result of the Wednesday traffic stop, he was also charged with possession of heroin with intent to dispense, possession of heroin and possession of cocaine.

Mendez is being held without bail, Brackett said Friday. Police estimated the drugs were worth a few thousand dollars. 

He is also being held for immigration reasons, Brackett said Mendez's status as a citizen is uncertain and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are holding him under an immigrant detainer.

"His immigration status in question," Brackett said.