NEW BEDFORD — New Bedford Police arrest a city man who was drinking beer in public while in possession of drugs.

Police saw Mozart Medeiros, 47, of 323 Shaw Street, Apt. 1, with an open container of beer in the area of Mechanics Lane near downtown at 11:35 a.m. on Thursday. Police searched Medeiros and found crack cocaine in his possession.

Medeiros was arrested on charges of possession of open container of alcohol on public way and possession of a Class B drug.

Police say Medeiros has a long rap sheet, with 35 adult arraignments on charges including assault and battery on a police officer and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.