Tempe Police Narcotics Detectives Arrest Drug Traffickers

On November 30, 2011, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Detectives from the Tempe Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit coordinated with the Southern Nevada Cannabis Operations Regional Enforcement Task Force (SCORE) and the Las Vegas Police Department to serve simultaneous warrants at the Yoki A Ma “Your Herbal Solutions” business at 1920 E. University in Tempe, the Yoki A Ma at 4639 E. Virginia in Mesa, as well as at the business of the same name in Las Vegas, Nevada regarding the illegal sale of marijuana.

 The following suspects were taken into custody yesterday in connection with the five month long investigation: Tempe Police Detectives arrested the following individuals in connection with the five month long investigation: Craig Allen Scherf (Age 45, of Chandler, AZ), Nicole Dawn Scherf (Age 27, of Chandler, AZ -Married to Craig Scherf), Richard Ray Hagerman (Age 55, of Mesa, AZ – Father of Nicole), Renee Bruggeman (Age 41, of Tempe, AZ), Rodger Murray (Age 26, of Chandler, AZ), Mark Siegezwki (Age 46, Mesa, AZ).

The investigation began in July of this year when the Tempe Police Department received information from the City of Tempe Community Development Department that Yoki A Ma was operating without a license.  Undercover Tempe Police Detectives initiated investigation and visited the business on a number of occasions.  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.

It should be noted that Craig Scherf submitted an application to the City of Tempe to operate as a medical marijuana dispensary.  The permit was denied due to the business’ proximity to a residential area.

The search warrants served yesterday resulted in the seizure of numerous items associated with drug packaging, transportation, marketing and sales, including:

  • (6) suspects arrested
  • (1)  lb. marijuana seized
  • (4) handguns seized
  • (1) rifle seized
  • (1) shotgun seized
  • $2,000 in cash confiscated

The suspects in this case were booked into Tempe City Jail and where booked on charges of Possession of Marijuana for Sale (A class four felony), Illegal of Control Enterprise (A class three felony), and Transportation of Marijuana for Sale.


Craig Scherf                                                          Nicole Scherf

Mark Sigezwski                                                   Renee Bruggeman

Richard Hagerman                                             Rodger Murray

Event #1 of 2: Tempe PD & Target Shred-It Event: Protection from Identity Theft

What: Shred It Event

When: Saturday October 15, from 8:00 a.m. – Noon

Where:  Tempe Target Store

Address: 1818 E. Baseline (northeast corner of Baseline & McClintock)

How It Works:  Protect your good name from identity theft.  Bring your personal and confidential papers to the Target store at 1818 E. Baseline.  Your documents will be destroyed as you watch.  Donations for the non-profit 100 Club of Arizona will be accepted in any amount you are able to give and a receipt provided.  The 100 Club of Arizona has been supporting fallen police officers and firefighters and their families for more than 40 years.

Event #2 of 2: Tempe PD & DEA Partner w/ Community to Safely Dispose of Expired Drugs

Tempe Police are partnering again with the Arizona Drug Enforcement Administration and over 40 other law enforcement agencies at 70+ sites across the State of Arizona for an upcoming drug “take back” event.

Community members are encouraged to safely dispose of unused, unneeded, and expired prescription and over-the counter medications.

What:  Anonymous Disposal of Community Member Unused and Expired Meds

When:  Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where:  Tempe Police South Substation

Address:  8201 S. Hardy Drive, Tempe AZ  85284

Directions: S/E Corner of Hardy and Carver, between Elliot and Warner

How It Works:  Bring your unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications in their original containers.  Disposal is ANONYMOUS.  Medications will be placed by you into boxes provided by the DEA and Tempe Police.  Law Enforcement personnel will seal and deliver the disposed medications for proper destruction.

  • We are set up to safely receive prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • We are unable to safely accept syringes, injectables, or sharps of any kind
  • No need to remove labels w/ personal info – all disposables will be incinerated

Tempe partnered with the DEA last spring, when Arizonans turned in more than 6,000 pounds of prescription drugs at sites across the state, operated by dozens of state and local law enforcement partners.

Tempe Police and the DEA continue to take action on many fronts to stop prescription drug abuse, addiction, theft and re-sale trafficking.  Our goal is to impact accidental poisonings and overdoses due to the inappropriate use of prescription drugs.  Many abused prescription drugs are obtained from the home medicine cabinet.  In addition, flushing medications is a health hazard that adversely impacts our water supply and the environment.

Please note that this event is designed for individuals and families in the community.  We are not set up to safely handle reverse shipments from pharmaceutical and business distributors.

For more information and other local disposal sites across the valley, go to the DEA website at: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

For additional information: Molly Enright; Community Affairs/PIO; Tempe Police Dept; 480-858-6148 molly_enright@tempe.gov