PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) -
Deputy 1st Lieutenant Walter Matthews has been in law enforcement for around 20 years.
In that time, he's been a part of numerous arrests.
On July 27, he was working an undercover prostitution sting in Pensacola.
"We received numerous complaints about prostitution in Brownsville and other areas. We put a plan together to have our Supplemental Patrol target those areas," said Matthews.
Matthews provided backup to the undercover deputy in a civilian vehicle who was looking for signs of prostitution.
After several minutes, the undercover deputy made his first stop.
Authorities say the suspect got into his vehicle.
The undercover deputy says he confirmed the woman's intentions by agreeing on a cash deal.
Once that happened, he took the suspect to waiting deputies to be arrested.
Less than two hours later, the undercover deputy made two more busts.
One of the suspects, Megan Brown talked to FOX 10 about her arrest.
"This is my first time down here and my first time doing this. It's my first time going to jail. It's my first time for everything, really," Brown said.
She says she was trying to get money to make it back to her home in Virginia.
Deputies say prostitution is an ongoing problem but most arrests go smoothly.
However, they say there's always the potential for something to go wrong.
"In any kind of undercover, organized operation you want to make sure everyone's safe. So we plan it out and set it up. We make sure our goal for the day is that everyone goes home," said Matthews.
In all, six people were charged in connection with the operation.