Police officers found drugs and a knife as they conducted proactive patrols in Nottingham city centre.
Officers from the Operation Compass team were engaging with the public when they spotted the man acting suspiciously outside a building in The Poultry.
Using statutory powers, the officers stopped and searched the man and found quantities of heroin, cocaine and Mamba along with a knife.
He was arrested and taken into custody.
The suspect from Bulwell, was charged with two counts of possession of class A drugs, possession of class B drugs and possession of a knife blade in a public place.
The 53-year-old man was granted bail and is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 6 December.
It was one of two arrests made during the patrols on Sunday morning (19 November). A 39-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of possessing class-A drugs and was bailed pending further investigation.
Sergeant Liz Johnson, of the City Centre neighbourhood policing team, said:
“These were excellent arrests and took place during proactive patrols in response to a number of recent purse and phone thefts.
“The officers distributed small bells to attach to bags, purses and wallets so shoppers know if a pick-pocket is trying to snatch them, as well as offering people crime prevention advice.
“Proactive patrols like this are an important part of our work and it is always a good result when we can take a knife and drugs off the street at the same time.
“Nottingham will be very busy in the lead-up to Christmas and so I’d remind people not to make it easy for pickpockets and to keep their valuables hidden and secure at all times.”