For police, it's a simple fact of the drug trade.
"You take one drug dealer out, there's always many more behind him," said Chief John Colella of the Macedon Police Department.
But that line is now a little shorter.
"Horace Betts, in this county, has actively been distributing cocaine for ten years," Colella said.
Authorities say the arrest of Horace Betts III of Lyons brings an end to a long-running drug distribution ring that was supplying about a kilo of cocaine a month. Seven others have been indicted, along with Betts, a former Lyons basketball star, and his father.
"If we have bad guys out there terrorizing our communities, intimidating our young, old, churches, businesses, then you're going to get targeted," said Timothy Kernon, Drug Enforcement Agency.
"A collaborative effort took him out," Colella said.
Lawmen from numerous agencies played a role in the investigation, which they dubbed "Operation All Betts Are Off."
"Most of our crime in this county is drug driven, so this individual has a huge impact on our county," said Colella.
Authorities say the arrests are the culmination of a two-year-long investigation into drug trafficking all across Wayne County.
"It took a while, but we will never give up."
Authorities say Betts grew up in Lyons, and worked within a close-knit network; those close ties making the case harder to crack.
"Some bonds that he had with people and it got into the situation where they wouldn't snitch on him, basically," said Chief Deputy Bob Hetske, Wayne County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities say this is the fifth major bust in four years for the Wayne County Narcotics Enforcement Team. They know other dealers are out there, and they're ready.
"We will continue to work will all of our partners behind me to take care of the person who thinks he will be the next Horace Betts in this county," Colella said.
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