Detention deputy accused of smuggling cocaine into local jail

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. — A judge has denied bond for a detention deputy accused of smuggling drugs into the Rockdale County jail.

Channel 2's Michael Seiden obtained court documents that lay out the allegations against 25-year-old Ezra Black.

Investigators said he ignored signs and drove right into a restricted area with a gun and cocaine.

He’s paid by Rockdale County neighbors to maintain order inside the jail.


Black is accused of abusing his position of power. Investigators say he smuggled drugs, specifically cocaine, into the jail for inmates.

“The entire office is in shock. It was hard for us to believe that this was going on in our jail," said Yolande Moore, with the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.

The undercover investigation began earlier this month and came to an end last Thursday night when undercover detectives arrested Black outside the jail in a restricted area, which also serves as a staff parking lot for county employees.

The documents reveal Black had 3 grams of cocaine on him and they also discovered a 9 mm handgun inside his car.

Detectives said that when they questioned Black about the drugs, he confessed, admitting he was bringing the cocaine to an inmate inside the jail.

Officials didn't say much when Seiden asked about the current state of the investigation.

"That’s definitely still under investigation and we are checking to see what steps were taken to do this type of thing," Moore said.