Former NBA player Robert Swift has been charged for a gun crime after police raided the home of an alleged drug dealer where he was living at the time.
The Daily Mail reports that the police discovered a grenade launcher, guns, meth, heroin, and several prostitutes within the home at the time of the raid last month.
The 28-year-old former Seattle Sonics player has been described in the past as a heroin addict that is “heavily armed” by King County prosecutors.
During the police raid, a number of weapons were seized directly from Robert Swift’s bedroom — including a sawed-off shotgun and a military-style grenade launcher.
KOMO News reports that the 40mm grenade launcher was found within a safe located in Swift’s room, and seven firearms were located either on or under his bed.
Robert Swift was charged on Thursday with the unlawful possession of a short-barreled shotgun — one of the many weapons that were discovered within his room.
Even though Swift denied any involvement with the dealing of the drugs discovered during the raid, he did admit to owning the drug paraphernalia that was found inside his bedroom. Robert Swift also claimed ownership of several weapons and suppressors.
Robert Swift has reportedly been living with 54-year-old Trygve Bjorkstam, the owner of the home since he was evicted from his suburban Seattle home after it was foreclosed last year. Swift identified Bjorkstam as his heroin dealer to police.
Trygve Bjorkstam ran an illegal business, which consisted of an underground bunker that was used as a shooting range and marijuana farm as well as a home for prostitutes. The Daily Mail reports that Bjorkstam currently faces federal drug and gun charges since this business was being operated within 100 yards of an elementary school.
Bjorkstam told the police that Robert Swift was a “good guy” that assisted him in collecting a drug debt from one of his competitors.
Robert Swift was drafted into the NBA straight out of high school at the age of 18. He was selected as the number one draft pick by the Seattle Sonics in 2004. After the team transitioned into the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008, Swift was renounced by the team in December of the following year.
Robert attempted to make a comeback by playing with the Tokyo Apaches in Japan in 2010, but the disastrous tsunami of 2011 eventually led to the dissolution of the team.
Robert Swift has no prior criminal history, and has been held on $20,000 bail.