Two arrested, charged in meth bust

Becky Ann Pirkheim

WOODSTOCK – An Edinburg couple is facing several counts related to making and selling methamphetamine following an arrest at their home on Feb. 17.

Authorities said in court documents that they found four or five grams of methamphetamine in a coffee filter in the master bedroom of a residence at 3951 Hamburg Road owned by Becky Ann Pirkheim. Pirkheim, 34, and a co-defendant at the same address, Joshua Aaron Riffey, 35, are charged with two counts each of manufacturing methamphetamine and two counts each of child endangerment. Riffey is also charged with conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine and Pirkheim with conspiring to violate a drug law.

Sgt. Chris Baker, a member of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, said authorities compiled information pointing to a meth lab operating at Pirkheim’s residence before executing a search warrant at the same address.

“They were present at the house when the search warrant was executed,” Baker said of Pirkheim and Riffey.

A criminal complaint and search warrant inventory states that law enforcement officials found a generator tube, two glass bulb smoking devices, white powder in a coffee filter, and at least eight sludge pots containing toxic chemical waste left by the manufacturing of methamphetamine. A shotgun and ammunition were also seized.

Joshua Aaron Riffey

The criminal complaint states that two boys, ages 8 and 10, lived at the residence, but had gone to school before the search warrant was executed.

“Smoking devices and meth residue ‘sludge pots’ were easily accessible,” the criminal complaint states. “Also present in the room were numerous methamphetamine precursors (which) included lithium, ammonium nitrate and ether.”

Riffey is currently being held without bond in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. He has a bond hearing scheduled for Wednesday in Circuit Court.

Pirkheim was released from the jail on a $2,000 secured bond. She is scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or