Eviction hearing delayed for Madison’s Rastafari church

MADISON (WKOW) — A hearing to evict the Lions of Judah, House of Rastafari from a building on Mifflin Street in Madison has been delayed as officials make sure proper notice has been served.

The founders of the church, Jesse Schworck and Dylan Bangert, face multiple charges following a drug raid May 29 at the church.

The two are expected back in court July 9, at 9:30 a.m.

Bangert, 23, is charged with manufacturing THC with intent to deliver, possessing THC with intent to deliver, and maintaining a drug house.

Schworck, 39, who also was arrested in the raid last week faces five felonies and two misdemeanors, according to the criminal complaint filed Tuesday.

According to the complaint, an undercover officer on April 8 paid Bangert $50 for a church membership card and received five grams of marijuana.

Officers returned multiple times to purchase marijuana at the House of Rastafari, according to the complaint, including one occasion when Schwork turned over pot after confirming an $800 payment had been made online.

Just before 9 a.m. May 29, police served a search warrant at the building on 555 West Mifflin Street.

The operators describe their establishment as a church that is “Wisconsin’s first and only lawful Rastafari cannabis sanctuary.”

Sam Brink

Sam Brink

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