A $20,000 bench warrant was issued Wednesday morning for former Sonic Robert Swift after he failed to show up in King County Superior Court for his arraignment on a firearms charge.
Swift, 29, was charged Nov. 12 with unlawful possession of a short-barreled shotgun in connection with an October raid of a Kirkland home where Swift was living with his roommate, accused heroin and meth dealer Trygve “Trigg” Bjorkstam, court records show.
Bjorkstam, 54, was charged with drug offenses in both state and federal court, though it is not clear from the case records which jurisdiction will prosecute him.
According to charging papers, Swift was using heroin daily at the time of his arrest and owned a number of firearms, including the sawed-off shotgun that police found under his bed. He and Bjorkstam were both arrested Oct. 4 after a two-month investigation by Redmond police and Swift was later released from the Redmond Police Department, the records say.
Swift had not made any previous court appearances, but he was directed to appear for arraignment Wednesday morning and was to be booked into jail with bail set at $20,000, said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. After he failed to appear, the judge issued a bench warrant in the same amount, he said.
The 7-foot-tall Swift was the 12th pick in the 2004 NBA draft and joined the Sonics as an 18-year-old brimming with potential, but was out of the league after earning $10 million and playing just 97 games.
An attempt at a comeback playing for the Tokyo Apache, a basketball team in the top Japanese league, ended in 2011 when a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan and ended the Apache’s season and Swift’s career.