Butler man pleads guilty to illegal gun purchases tied to drugs

September 23, 2018

A Butler man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Pittsburgh to federal gun law violations.

Prosecutors said Craig Evers Cyphert, 47, was not allowed to have guns but in a five-year period had seven guns that he traded for drugs or money.

Cyphert pleaded guilty to three counts before U.S. District Court Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

From 2014 to 2016, Cyphert made false statements when he acquired six of these firearms, by advising a federally licensed firearms dealer that he was buying the firearms for himself, when he was in fact buying them at the direction of another person in exchange for heroin, crack cocaine and cash, prosecutors said.

Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for Jan. 10. Cyphert remains in jail until sentencing.

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