A Chattanooga man is facing federal charges on drug and other counts, following the search of a room at the Rodeway Inn on Hamilton Park Drive.
Ruben Williams was indicted by a federal grand jury at Chattanooga.
On Sept. 12, the Chattanooga Police Department arrested Williams on state arrest warrants. Upon searching the defendant police found two keys to a hotel room in his pants pocket wrapped up in $400.
Police were able to trace the keys back to a hotel room at the Rodeway Inn. Police received consent to search the hotel room from Latray Dobbins, who was the person who rented the hotel room.
Officers used one of the hotel keys taken from Williams to open the hotel room door. In the hotel room police found (among other things) approximately 21.2 grams of crack cocaine, approximately 254.9 grams of cocaine, $2,340 in cash, a loaded Phoenix Arms .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a loaded Smith and Wesson M&P 15 5.56 caliber assault rifle, three loaded 5.56 magazines (ammunition), drug paraphernalia such as scales, Pyrex dishes with apparent cocaine residue, and baking soda.
In the dresser drawer where CPD found the scales, crack, and Pyrex dishes police also found Williams' state identification card. Police found male clothing and shoes in the room as well. Police interviewed a hotel employee who stated that the defendant had recently gotten a second key for the hotel room because he said he had lost his room key.
Authorities said Williams is a convicted felon, including a federal drug distribution felony from the Eastern District of Tennessee.