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Houston police: Intoxicated man found with weapons in downtown hotel room

Houston police: Intoxicated man found with weapons in downtown hotel room

Houston police made a potentially disturbing arrest overnight, one that led to the discovery of a small arsenal and lots of ammunition in a hotel room.

An off-duty police officer noticed Russell Lawrence Ziemba, 49, acting erratically and belligerent at the hotel, reported ABC News.

Police talk outside the Hyatt Regency hotel in Houston on December 31, 2017. Officers arrived on the scene and shortly after found several weapons and ammunition in his hotel room.

It comes as cities across the USA and around the world step up security for New Year's Eve celebrations.

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The first officers to respond had to call for backup when the boozed up man refused to comply with their orders, Macintosh told the Houston Chronicle website.

Stanley was arrested and charged with trafficking heroin, four counts of possession of scheduled drugs, unlawful carrying of a pistol and simple possession of marijuana. Investigators also found more weapons in the man's vehicle.

Meanwhile, below the suspect's hotel room, hundreds of revelers will gather for the Hyatt's New Years Eve celebration at the hotel with a 50,000 balloon drop at the stroke of midnight. Tom Netting, the managing director at the Hyatt Regency Houston issued the following statement in response to the arrest: The safety and security of our guests and colleagues is our top priority, and we are fully cooperating with authorities on an ongoing investigation after an individual was taken into their custody this morning.

Acevedo said on Twitter earlier Sunday that the situation was "contained" and there were no specific threats to Houston.

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