NEW BEDFORD - New Bedford Police find cocaine in a vehicle parked in the lot of the North End 7-Eleven.

Police observed suspicious activity in a vehicle that was parked at Bullard and North Front Streets early Thursday morning. The vehicle soon drove off and pulled into the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at 1499 Acushnet Avenue. Police searched the vehicle and found a small amount of crack cocaine.

Police arrested the driver, Timothy Pickering, 47, of New Bedford.

Pickering is charged with possession of crack cocaine and poccession of crack cocaine (subsequent offense). He was arrested at 12:02 a.m.

Pickering was convicted in 2008 of possession of cocaine.