Cops: Census worker caught with dope

SNELLVILLE -- Police found marijuana and other drugs on a U.S. Census Bureau employee during a routine traffic checkpoint in Snellville, Gwinnett police said Monday.

The Census worker, Brian Anthony Stewart, 27, of Snellville, was also in possession of several census forms containing personal information when police searched his Dodge Intrepid on Thursday morning, police said.

Stewart is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, carrying less than an ounce of marijuana, operating a vehicle without a license and having an expired tag.

Stewart encountered officers with a community response team in the Snellville area at the intersection of Leach and Tanglewood roads. He told police he'd lost his license at a family reunion in Tennessee and consented to a vehicle search, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter.

During a pat-down, an officer found a bottle containing 151 Xanax pills without a prescription label, which Stewart claimed belonged to his girlfriend, Ritter said.

Inside the vehicle, police allegedly found a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana and a small scale in the console.

Officers contacted Stewart's supervisor at the U.S. Census Bureau, who responded to the scene to collect the census forms, Ritter said.

En route to jail, Stewart reportedly alerted police to a small amount of marijuana in his pants, which was retrieved as evidence.

Stewart posted $11,400 bond and was released from the Gwinnett County Jail on Saturday.