DeKalb County

DeKalb’s ‘Eye in the Sky’ operation arrests 4 people trying to deliver contraband to inmates

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office arrested four people, including two individuals already in custody, for attempting to smuggle contraband to jail inmates.

“Drive up and you’re getting locked up,” Chief Deputy Randy Akies said. “They want to drive or walk up to the jail, commit a crime, and leave. You will be arrested and housed with the intended inmates with consequences. Apparently, they don’t realize we’re smarter than the average criminal, and they’re not good at this.”

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Akies said the suspects allegedly plotted the contraband drop during unauthorized contact with inmates.

The illegal process began earlier this year and resulted in arrests, deputies said.

The department “Eyes in the Sky” operation led to multiple arrests on Sunday.


Decatur residents, Ralston Alexander Campbell, 24, Donnisha Gabbidon, 26, Cortavious De’mon Buchanan 20, and Daniel Schaefer, 26, were all arrested.

“Contraband inside the jail poses a threat to everyone in the facility, and it compounds the situation for inmates who might otherwise have been on their way to being released,” Chief Akies said.

Campbell was charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, crossing the guard line, and possession of marijuana with intent.

Gabbidon was charged with conspiracy to commit a felony.

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De’mon is being held without bond on a series of unrelated charges since his arrest in September 2021.

Schaefer remains in jail following an arrest back in December 2020 on unrelated charges. Buchanan and Schaefer will face additional charges of conspiracy to commit a felony.