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Police nab 2,500 bags of heroin during Bethlehem traffic stop

Burkart was arraigned in Bethlehem Town Court after his arrest and sent to the Albany County Correctional Facility without bail. He is scheduled to appear in Bethlehem Town Court on Tuesday, March 17, at 4 p.m.

Even though Burkart lives near a Bethlehem school, Heffernan said there doesn't appear to be a rise in heroin use or addiction in the district's high school. However, he said there does appear to be a spike in heroin use around town and other local municipalities around the Capital District.

"The trend were still seeing in the high school is an increase in marijuana," Heffernan said. "Townwide, we've seen an increase in heroin over the past couple of years."

Bethlehem Police said the investigation is ongoing and is asking anyone with additional information to contact the department's detective office at 439-9973.

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