‘Operation Rog’ honors late Chief Deputy

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- More than 30 arrests today in Powell County.

Those people, picked up, after being indicted by a grand jury earlier this week on charges related to the manufacturing and trafficking of oxycodone and methamphetamine.

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The arrests come after a close to six-month investigation into a suspected drug ring.

Dozens of law enforcement officers from several different agencies joined forces in Stanton for “Operation Rog”, a county-wide drug bust named after a man who spent his entire career protecting and serving the people of Powell County.

“He was an individual that lead by example,” said Det. Larry Patterson of the Powell County Sheriff’s Office.



As a nod to Chief Deputy Robert ‘Rog’ Mathews, who died of heart failure in July, deputies with the Powell County Sheriff’s Office named this weeks drug bust in his honor.

“Rog was helping supervise this operation at the very beginning,” said Det. Patterson.

Deputies say Mathews was dedicated to the job and would have been proud to see this operation pulled off so smoothly.

“Oh he’d be right in, he’d be right in the forefront controlling everything,” said Det. Patterson.

While this raid was a success, law enforcement officials say they still have a long way to go in the fight against this drug epidemic but say the memory of Chief Deputy Mathews will be with them every step of the way.