Yoki A Ma' Medical Marijuana Club Busted by Tempe and Nevada Authorities; Six Arrested -- Club Owner Craig Sherf Talks to New Times

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Tempe police teamed up with Nevada authorities this week to bust the Yoki A Ma' medical marijuana club, arresting six people.

It's the latest arrest of people accused of operating clubs that distributed medical marijuana to state-registered patients, and the second to involve a business named in the legal action against Arizona clubs filed in August by state Attorney General Tom Horne.

In the three other club-busts that we're aware of, though, either no charges were ever filed or the charges were dropped. Those cases, if you'll recall involved: the Medical Marijuana Advocacy Group of Tempe (no charges); Al Sobol's 2811 Club, LLC, (no charges); and the Arizona Go Green Co-op, (charges dropped).  Authorities could still charge the operators from the first two clubs or re-charge the folks from Go Green, (though Horne's office told us a couple of weeks ago it didn't intend to pursue that case, which was initiated by the Drug Enforcement Agency.)

All of the busts come as Horne's lawsuit in Superior Court against the club remains unresolved. Police don't want to seem to wait to find out what the judge thinks.

In this case, Yoki A Ma' had police from another state looking at it.

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Image: Tempe police
Arrested after the raid of medical-pot clubs in Tempe and Mesa: Craig Sherf, Nicole Sherf, Mark Sigezwski, Renee Bruggeman, (and below), Richard Hagerman and Rodger Murray.

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As the club's Web site says, it has one location at 1819 E. Charleston Dr. #101 in Las Vegas, and lists a guy named Dave Paulson as being an employee of that club. The site also says another Vegas location at 810 East Sahara Avenue was supposed to have opened on November 14.

No one answered the phone at the club in Tempe or its Mesa affiliate at 4639 E. Virginia Street #101.

Yesterday's raid, which came at about 11 a.m., was the result of a five-month investigation and targeted the locations in Tempe, Mesa and one in Las Vegas, Tempe police say. An update on the case is expected after 1 p.m.

The six arrested were:

* Craig Allen Scherf, 45, of Chandler. He's apparently the main guy. He identifies himself on the Yoki A Ma's Web site as a doctor:

Dr. Craig Scherf

MDA, MCLI, ME, MDE, MCLT, CSO, ERM

Dr. Scherf carries a doctrine in muscular kinetics, and medical laser technology. Dr. Scherf has medical degrees from National University and has served in the Arm Forces as an Air Medic. Dr. Scherf has studied Eastern and Western Medicine. Is certified in acupuncture and herbal medicine.


* Nicole Dawn Scherf, 27. She's Craig Sherf's wife.

* Richard Ray Hagerman, 55, of Mesa -- Nicole Scherf's dad.

* Renee Bruggeman, 41, of Tempe.

* Rodger Murray, 26, of Chandler.

* Mark Siegezwki, 46, of Mesa.


The investigation started when someone called the city of Tempe to complain about the business being operated without a license. Undercover cops went in "numerous" times to the shops. From the news release:


Through this investigation Detectives discovered that the suspects in this investigation were illegally selling/dispensing marijuana to medical marijuana card holders as a "gift" after receiving $65 to visit the business.


Police noted that Craig Sherf had previously filed an application for a medical-marijuana dispensary in Tempe that had been rejected. No dispensaries currently exist in Arizona to serve an estimate 15,000 patients because Governor Jan Brewer canceled the voter-approved dispensary program in May.

Patients can still obtain state-issued registration cards that allow them to legally possess and use pot under state law.

Police seized a pound of marijuana, four handguns, a rifle, a shotgun and $2,000 in cash, and are seeking charges of marijuana possession, transportation of marijuana for sale and operation of an illegal enterprise.

We'll let you know if prosecutors move forward with the case.

Craig Sherf just returned our call, saying he thinks police moved prematurely against his club because of Horne's pending lawsuit. He's been before Superior Court Judge Dean Fink, who's overseeing the case, every few weeks since Horne filed the action.

"They should have waited for Fink's decision," Sherf says, adding that Tempe police told him they had no knowledge of the case.

Sherf claims that police found less than a pound -- "maybe four-five ounces," he says -- adding that each employee had a medical-marijuana card, which allows possession of up to two-and-a-half ounces per person.

He says he's never smoked the stuff, despite having a card for his spinal problems.

Sherf also wanted to clarify the report of firearms: None of the guns were found at the club, he says. Besides a gun found at his health clinic next door, he says police are counting guns found and seized during a traffic stop five weeks ago outside of Kingman.

In that stop, Sherf says detectives believed he was coming back from Las Vegas with a load of marijuana. After a drug dog went through the car, all that was found was a gram of pot mixed with some pipe tobacco.

Police seemed frustrated by the relatively small amount of weed found at the club, Sherf says, and repeated asked him and employees, "Where's the weight?"

The club doesn't transport or stock medical marijuana, Sherf explains. Similar to the model of other pot clubs we've covered, Yoki A Ma accepts pot from an association of caregivers. The pot is donated to the club, and the club, in turn, gives it away for free to qualified patients, Sherf says.

After "destroying" the club's office and seizing the vehicles of Sherf and his wife, (cops even took their pot cards), Sherf and the rest spent about 10 hours in jail before being released, he says.

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Nicole Clemens.
​The club is closed, for now.

UPDATE: Las Vegas news media are publishing articles this afternoon about the Nevada part of this bust.

Nicole Marie Clemens, 30, (at right), was arrested by Metro Police and booked into jail on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale.


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1661 Mesa
1661 Mesa

 Come to the Hells Angels MC Mesa toy run for kids this Sunday DEC 4th. www.mesahamc.com click here for more info then click events. when we do wrong no one forgets,when we do right no one remembers. 1661 Mesa.

HemanshuPetal314
HemanshuPetal314

Would I be able to hook up with hotties like Renee or Nicole for sexual intercourses?  

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yeah like the rapes of innocent women, and the shootings of three year olds?

And who could forget a little incident in during a Rolling Stones concert?

But then again.. accidents happen, lives are ruined, etc...

Medical Crank
Medical Crank

 Medical Meth -Crank is the best thing for all night sex. try it guys it works way better than any Viagra etc crap. keep your lady happy and pumping for hours of heavenly sweet sexual ecstasy.

Lash Larue
Lash Larue

That Renee has nice eyes. I would like to hook up that sweet sexy looking hot mama. she looks evil and evil is good.

MacktheKnife
MacktheKnife

I would like to massage and kiss her buttocks.

Rotten
Rotten

 then slit her throat with your knife?

Dash Rip Rock
Dash Rip Rock

Get her stoned and she will be your sex slave I heard.

Alehound
Alehound

dont spoil our fun by dialing 911.

Merry Prankster
Merry Prankster

The Evil Weed Of Death. LOL

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol SINCE oh so many people have murdered cause of pot, or raped cause of pot, or better yet died from a pot OD...*sarcasm

Its natural man
Its natural man

More Proof That Pigs Are Jack Booted Nazies!  God made Pot, Man made Liquor. Who do you Trust?

Mescalito
Mescalito

I just go out to a certain part of the local Arizona Desert and get free Peyote. its free if you know where to look. I been cutting Peyote in the same desert area since 1974. plenty still there to and its free and better than pot and its free, free ,free! did I say free?

Alehound
Alehound

 New Times readers are to ignorant to know what Peyote is. thats why there is still so much of it still going in the local arizona desert for us smart folks to find. Even Arizona Highways Magazine has never had any pictures of the beautiful cacti Peyote. even they don know where it grows.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I know what peyote is, however it is non-native to AZ.It only grows in Texas and south of the border.

Greasy Tony
Greasy Tony

  2 of the guys in those mugshots are members of the local Hells Angels MC Mesa Chapter. im suprised the cops didnt mention it or yell or say it outloud with pride on how they busted the  big bad dirty evil Hells Angels. thats what happen most the time when a bust comes down with Hells Angels involved. maybe the cops dont know they are HAs?

guest
guest

which two are hells angels?

Robin Scorpio Drake
Robin Scorpio Drake

 The Two that look like Bikers thats who. or cant you tell?  3 can keep a secret if 2 are dead.

Alehound
Alehound

 Ask James King he is good pals with Hells Angels Phoenix AZ member Lee Cole {or so he thinks he is}. he has his personal home phone number. James King is a HAMC PHX AZ expert

81 Alex 81
81 Alex 81

 Sounds like new times writer James King is slipping in his old age. He should know his Hells Angels members,faces and news story's by now and how to track them down for a good story. after all James King is a Professorial  writer.

BIG AND BOLD
BIG AND BOLD

 It has to say in Big Bold Block Letters HELLS ANGELS BUST for James King to catch on. he is a dim bulb and he is not as street smart as he thinks he is. he is your typical short haired clean office yuppie and they are not known  to be to bright in  the intelligence department.

Ram Rod
Ram Rod

There is still plenty of grass-weed -pot sold $$ an available a few doors down from my pad. it never runs out in over 11 years.  so dont worry things going dry the old hippies  down there will keep the pot available to you the consumer public. you just gotta know the right folks and have the right connections.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Just a thought. The mug photos of these folks don't seem consistent with those who are arrested for meth usage and possession.

Might it be that Tempe P.D. is being overzealous in this prosecution due to influence from 'above'?

Inquiring minds are wondering.

phonics for dopers
phonics for dopers

Obviously you smoke too much and can't read. they weren't arrested for meth genius, it was marijuana. re-read the story.

Dash Rip Rock
Dash Rip Rock

 Read it again Tommy Boy. they were not pinched for meth. its a pot bust not a meth bust.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

They don't even look like pot heads, Tommy.

Sal
Sal

selling pot and smoking it are two different things. lots of people sell pot but dont smoke it as its a business to make money. lots of illegal Mexicans sell pot, meth,coke herion but they dont do drugs. its a business to make a living at and if you do drugs you fuck things all up for yourself. dont get high on your own supply.

Radchick
Radchick

you hit it right on the nose tommy!  Totally overzelous in thier actions yesterday! Power hunger trying to make a statement!

JaxDigalo
JaxDigalo

First of all, I would like to bone Nicole Clemons or Nicole Scherf (in that order of preference). Second, er...... drool... I would also bone Renee as a last resort, if she wants and the others don't.

Radchick
Radchick

you a true dog Jax. Why don't you go post those type of comments somewhere else.  This is a real life story not some horn dog fantasy! Get a llife.

JaxDigalo
JaxDigalo

Hey Radchick, you may suck my dirty cock whore. I'll give you two dollars which is probably double what it's worth. Beg for it whore.

Stanley
Stanley

I would like to smoke some weed.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

Come to Black Canyon City. Ask around. I am sure you can "score" some from somewhere.

Dash Rip Rock
Dash Rip Rock

 Its not hard to buy or find. just ask around.

Reefermadnessintempe
Reefermadnessintempe

Wow, a pound of fucking weed!  No doubt Tempe police and their Nevada cop pals spend tens of thousands of dollars in salary, undercover operations and hours and hours of overtime.  What a bunch of bull shit!  But what else would you expect from Tempe PD.

Stakman
Stakman

I agree. I would rather have my police force spend their time bustin' negro skulls, or tazerin' them.

Hock
Hock

I'm glad I live in Tempe.  I mean clearly there's not real crime in town, so they're busting MJ places.

I sleep well in a crime-free city.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

you sure are disillusioned about crime in Tempe. maybe you should check out the stats and then get back to us on that.  Tempe is the smallest city in the EV and their PD has the highest paid Chief who is what some call a triple dipper.....Tempe has the highest crime rates in the EV.  I will look for the stats then post when I get a chance. 

Sal
Sal

Most people are delusional about crime anywhere until they have gotten busted and gone to jail or prison then they wise up real fast. have you ever been locked up? I dont think you have. you talk big but I can tell your a CONSERVATIVE NO NOTHING IDIOT who has never dont time in and jail or prison.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I have spent around 40 hours in jail in the past. (minor things, got fined for doing stupid shit, learned my lesson, moved on). My point is that it didn't change my opinions about crime.

DoggieWithAMullet
DoggieWithAMullet

Eleanor is rockin the complaints! Go Eleanor - you have the moral high ground!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yeah, esp when the police there shoot someone who committed suicide, and ya know there's missing children, unsolved murders, rapes , etc.

So glad I dont live in Tempe to know my taxes were wasted on going after a doctor trying to help his patients.

Drt
Drt

This guy is not what he seems. He is a snake oil salesman. Hell he isn't even a real doctor!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

the cops don't care, it's the ATF that does.. be careful. That being said I have sampled some Chokecherry wine that was distilled in KY before. Not the best stuff to drink.

Local Moonshiner
Local Moonshiner

 Hash oil is good stuff. I got some red hash oil right now from Afghanistan and I got a gallon of home made Arizona made moonshine brewed locally. the cops look for meth labs and drugs but they never look for moonshine whiskey out here. lol stupid cops!

Art Vandalay
Art Vandalay

 whats wrong with selling snake oil anyway? what is snake oil? is it real?

Furry Freak Brother
Furry Freak Brother

 he sells medical pot so he must be a real doctor or a shaman. call him a shaman instead of a doctor if it makes you happy. im sure nobody really cares anyway as long as he has got weed. a friend with weed is a friend indeed.

Sal
Sal

He is not a real doctor but he plays one on tv.

Dash Rip Rock
Dash Rip Rock

 Neither is tvs very bald Dr Phil Mcgraw but he has a tv show saying he is a Dr and he is getting rich off of it to.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

do you have proof of that? He was educated in the military AND went to college. I admit I haven't heard of the college, but he got his degree in herbal medicine, which is stacked against "conventional" medicine, in that they use things like pot, that was made illegal because it would put certain rich people out of the timber business and later put the big drug companies in jeopardy, since anyone can grow pot.

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