Authorities say guns and drugs found in suspicious vehicle near Stewartsville Road

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BEDFORD COUNTY (WSLS 10) - Authorities said they found weapons and drugs in a vehicle that caused road closures in the area of Stewartsville Road and Jordan Town Road.

The incident caused backups and delays on Saturday afternoon. According to authorities, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call on Saturday around 1:50 p.m. to the Shop-In Convenience Store located at 7865 Jordantown Road.

The caller reported there was a Nissan Pathfinder parked on the side parking lot of the store with a man in it who had been there for two hours and he, the lone occupant, seemed to be unresponsive.

Bedford County Sheriff's deputies and Bedford County Fire/EMS units arrived at the scene and found a white male slumped over the steering wheel of the vehicle. After several attempts to get a response the deputy was able to get the man to respond.

He was later identified as Tony M. Borden, 32, of Salem.

Borden was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital by Bedford County EMS.

While securing the vehicle deputies said they observed a container they suspected to be a possible explosive device. At 2:10 p.m., it was decided to evacuate the store and set up a safety perimeter around the area. Vehicles were diverted around the area of the store.

An Explosive K-9 from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene. Agents from the ATF and Virginia State Police explosives investigators responded to the scene as well.

After an investigation, police say they determined the container was not an explosive device the safety perimeter was lifted and travel was restored to normal. During the search of the vehicle a loaded hand gun and an assault rifle with loaded magazines were found. Packages containing marijuana, crystal methamphetamines, cocaine and clonazepam were also located in the vehicle.

Saturday night, Bedford County Sheriff's investigators obtained warrants on Tony Borden for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of schedule 1 & 2 narcotics (cocaine) with intent to distribute, possession of scheduled 1 & 2 narcotics (crystal meth.), and two counts of possessing of a firearm while possessing narcotics.

He will be served with the warrants on his release from the hospital.