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Heroin suspect faces federal gun charge

A suspected heroin dealer arrested after a Spokane police SWAT team standoff in June has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Jacob E. Snizik, 25, is charged with one count of felon in possession of a firearm under an indictment filed this week in U.S. District Court.

Snizik is accused of possessing a Para-Ordnance .45 ACP caliber pistol on June 17, the night police said he tried to run from a SWAT team in the 6800 block of North Napa Street but retreated to his home and armed himself. He surrendered without incident a short while later after a SWAT sergeant talked to him over the phone, police said.

Police say they seized five firearms and found heroin and drug sale supplies in Snizik’s home.

Snizik is in Spokane County Jail on one count of possession of a controlled substance and five counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. His trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 18 in Superior Court.

If convicted of the new federal firearm charge, Snizik faces up to 10 years in prison, or at least 15 if he’s found to be an armed career criminal.

Snizik has previous convictions for second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, residential burglary, second-degree theft, first-degree theft and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Heroin suspect surrenders to SWAT team

A suspected heroin dealer surrendered to a Spokane police SWAT team after a standoff on Thursday.

Jacob E. Snizik, 25, tried to run from a home in the 6800 block of North Napa Street when a SWAT team showed up about 5 p.m., but “the scene was so well secure” that he retreated back inside, Officer Brian Eckersley said.

Snizik (pictured left in 2007) armed himself with a handgun but surrendered without incident a short while later after a SWAT sergeant talked to him over the phone, Eckersley said.

Police say they seized five firearms and found heroin and drug sale supplies in Snizik’s home. Snizik is a convicted felon, which means he’s prohibited from possession firearms. He was booked into Spokane County Jail on five counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance (heroin).

Snizik was sentenced to 22 months in prison in June 2008 after pleading guilty to second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and residential burglary and first-degree theft, according to news archives. He also has convictions for second-degree theft and possession of a controlled substance.