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CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden County, New Jersey, woman today admitted attempting to bribe a witness to steal a gun from a car that was in the custody of the Camden County Police Department, pending the execution of a search warrant, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
Saidah A. Davis, “Sacha,” 41, of Woodlynne, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman in Camden federal court to an indictment charging her with witness tampering.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Davis admitted that on April 16, 2021, she and codefendant Anthony D. Parker, aka “Papa Smurf,” 37, of Camden, went to the home of an individual who she knew worked at a Camden tow lot that impounded vehicles that were seized by the Camden County Police Department for criminal investigations. Davis, an acquaintance of a relative of the tow lot employee, explained that Parker had a problem, and she asked the employee if he could help Parker. Parker said that his vehicle had been seized by the police pending a search warrant application, and that there was a gun and cash inside the vehicle. Parker offered the tow lot employee $2,000 to break into the vehicle and remove the gun and cash. The tow lot employee refused the bribe, and Davis took the employee’s phone number and said, “we’ll be in touch.”
Parker is charged by indictment with witness tampering and possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. His trial is scheduled for Nov. 29, 2021.
The witness tampering charge carries a statutory maximum of 20 years in prison and a potential $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greatest. Sentencing for Davis is scheduled for March 3, 2022.
Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Brian Herrick in Philadelphia; the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer; and officers of the Camden County Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gabriel Rodriguez; with the investigation leading to the indictment.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen M. Harberg of the Criminal Division in Camden.
The charges and allegations against Parker are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.