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Wayne Post
  • ‘Untouchable’ indicted on drug charges

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  • LYONS — Eight people were arrested Tuesday on drug warrant indictments, including an alleged dealer who believed he was “untouchable.”
    The Wayne County Narcotics Enforcement arrested Horace Betts III, 29, of Maple Street, Lyons, on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, first-degree criminal nuisance, three counts of fourth-degree conspiracy and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
    According to police, Betts was the organization leader in a cocaine distribution network that reached every community in Wayne County and parts of Ontario and Monroe counties. Born and raised in Lyons and a prominent high school athlete, police said Betts had close ties in the community that were so strong “no one would snitch on him” and led him to think he was “untouchable.” Police have been watching Betts for the past 10 years as investigators tried to infiltrate his operation. The arrest announced Tuesday morning was the result of a two-year investigation.
    “It took a while, but we’ll never give up,” Wayne NET Co-Commander and Macedon Police Chief John Colella said. “You take one drug dealer out and there’s always someone to step into the part. In our community, Horace Betts will no longer have a part.”
    Operation All Betts Are Off targeted Betts and key members of his organization who police say were responsible for the distribution of about 1 kilogram of cocaine per month throughout the county for many years. Colella said Betts’ alleged drug operation in Wayne County communities is significant. The investigation into the alleged drug operation is continuing Colella said, adding that police invested hundreds of hours over the years in the course of this investigation, which also included police agencies in Monroe and Ontario counties, and also involved federal and state law enforcement agencies, as well as district attorney offices in the region.
    “It feels good to get him out of our community,” Colella said.
    Also arrested:
    - Yadiel R. Correa, 25, of 122 Geneva St., Lyons, four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of first-degree criminal nuisance and two counts of fourth-degree conspiracy.
    Horace Betts Jr., 51, of Route 31, Houses Motel, Newark, who is the father of Horace Betts III, two counts third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, first-degree criminal nuisance and three counts of fourth-degree conspiracy.
    - Ashley Santell, 25, of Maple Street, Lyons, two counts third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, first-degree criminal nuisance, fourth-degree conspiracy and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
    - Brittany Russell, 23, of West Union Street, Newark, two counts of fourth-degree criminal facilitation and fourth-degree conspiracy.
    Page 2 of 2 - - Luz Correa-Vasquez, 47, of 122 Geneva St., Lyons, first-degree criminal nuisance, fourth-degree conspiracy and fourth-degree criminal facilitation.
    Russell and Correa-Vasquez were arraigned and released on their own recognizance. Santell was arraigned and released after posting $1,000 bail. Correa and Betts Jr. were arraigned and sent to the Wayne County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash or $100,000 bail bond.
    Indictments in Ontario County
    Betts was also arrested June 14 on Ontario County indictments in the Cobblestone Court Plaza parking lot in Victor, along with Torey D. Smith, 24, of Lyons, and Dajuan M. Bacot, 26, of Rochester. It is alleged Betts and Smith were purchasing about a quarter kilogram of cocaine from Bacot, said Wayne NET Co-Commander and Wayne County Sheriff Chief Deputy Bob Hetske. During searches of various locations in Wayne County and the city of Rochester, police also seized additional cocaine and about $21,000 in cash.
    Betts and Smith were indicted in Ontario County on one count of felony first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Bacot was indicted on felony first-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and felony first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Betts posted $20,000 bail following his arraignment in Ontario County and was released. Upon his arrest in Wayne County, he was arraigned and sent to Wayne County Jail on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bail bond.
    “Wayne County law enforcement agencies working together sends the message that we will fight to make our communities safe and to preserve our quality of life,” said Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts. “This investigation is one of five in four years that has been successful.”
    An estimated $35,000 in cash and about a 1/2 kilogram of cocaine were seized in total during the course of the investigation.
    Besides WayneNet, multiple police agencies in Wayne, Ontario and Monroe counties were involved in the investigtion, as well as the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, district attorneys offices and U.S. Border Patrol.

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