Ex-NBA Player Robert Swift Charged After Police Seize Grenade Launcher


1415981484_robert swiftFormer Seattle Sonics and Oklahoma City Thunder player Robert Swift has been charged with a gun crime after police seized a grenade launcher and drugs during a raid of the Kirkland, Wash., home where he was living, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.

Police reportedly found a military-style grenade launcher and sawed-off shotgun, among other weapons, in Swift’s bedroom during an Oct. 4 drug raid. Swift, whom prosecutors described as a “heavily armed heroin addict,” admitted he was helping his roommate, 54-year-old Trygve Bjorkstam, collect a drug debt.

Bjorkstam is an alleged heroin dealer who’s currently facing federal drug and gun charges, according to the Post-Intelligencer. He told police that Swift was not helping him sell drugs, describing the 28-year-old former NBA player as “a good guy.”

“People have been ripping me off,” Bjorkstam told police, according to charging papers. “Rob and I are trying to put a stop to that.”

Bjorkstam’s home is located 100 yards from an elementary school, the Post-Intelligencer reported.

The Sonics selected Swift out of high school with the 12th overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft. Swift spent four years in the NBA, but he has fallen on hard times since ending his playing career in 2009.

Swift lost his $1.35 million Seattle home to foreclosure last year.

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