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Sirens flashed as police and emergency vehicles surrounded a rundown Atlantic Avenue house where booms could be heard as police smashed windows and tossed stun grenades inside before storming the home Wednesday evening.

Inside, authorities said they found an active methamphetamine lab and a handful of people, including two adolescent children, who were spirited away to relatives.

The adults were washed by hazardous materials crews before two of them were arrested, thwarting production of the drug and capping a months-long investigation, Fernandina Beach Police said. Three others were questioned and released, police said.

Police escort Henry Joseph Lannon to jail, after raiding a meth lab at an Atlantic Avenue home Wednesday. Police hosed down four adults found at the home to wash over potentially hazardous chemicals. Police sort through chemicals found in the home after they burst in, smashing windows with stun grenades. A police SWAT truck, parked outside an Atlantic Avenue home where a meth lab was raided Wednesday. A woman held by police after the raid.

Neighbors said they long suspected drug activity at the home at 1702 Atlantic Ave., citing frequent foot and vehicle traffic and the state of disrepair the property had fallen into in recent months. The house is owned by Jenean Lannon, according to Nassau County Property Appraiser’s records.

Her son, Henry Joseph Lannon, 29, and Kama Shante Gainey, 35, were arrested and booked into Nassau County Jail on felony drug charges. Each is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of listed chemicals. Both remain in custody on bonds of $120,000.

Police escorted a pair of women, initially held with the suspects, to a police vehicle and transported them off site. “They’re not going to be arrested,” Lt. Jack Bradley said of the couple at the scene.

Capt. Jim Norman declined to comment at the scene, citing the active nature of the investigation.

The two children, ages unknown, were removed from the residence and released to a woman who said she was a relative.

During the raid, authorities wearing breathing masks and air tanks hauled a litany of materials commonly used for “one pot” methamphetamine production – including cold medicine boxes, camping fuel canisters, drain cleaner bottles and discarded plastic bottles – from the garage and inventoried them on a tarp laid across the front lawn.

At one point, an officer carried an Army green lockbox of unknown contents, along with some pill containers to a police vehicle parked nearby. It was not clear what amount of drugs had been found during the bust.

Authorities on scene provided scarce details, but said the raid was the result of months of investigation. It was a local operation run by the Fernandina Beach Police and aided by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators cordoned off the scene with yellow hazard tape and washed the adults with a fire hose near the rear of the home before dressing them in hazmat jumpsuits and seating them in lawn chairs at the corner of the yard.

Dozens of spectators gathered across the street and passing motorists slowed, craning their necks, to watch the raid in progress. Sheriff Bill Leeper – who lives “within a rock’s throw” of the residence, Undersheriff George Lueders said – and City Manager Joe Gerrity also stopped by to survey the scene.

“We’re assisting,” the sheriff said.

Neighbor Eddie Williams said when he got home about 5:30 p.m., he saw one officer standing outside the home and another posted at the door, but “didn’t really think much of it.”


“And then all of a sudden, the SWAT team comes from around the side of the building and starts throwing in impact (grenades), busting out the windows and busting down the door to get inside. It was just like in ‘Cops,'” Williams said.

Williams added that it was a relief to have the drug activity out of his neighborhood. “These things usually end in one of two ways: the users

wise up and get clean or it ends like this,” he said, gesturing to the house surrounded by police.

Neighbor Kathryn Rushing said the condition of the house and the behavior of the residents had become fodder for chatter on the social media website Facebook. “You know, like, ‘What’s up with the crazy house on Atlantic Avenue?’ People were asking questions and talking about it,” she said.

A girl who stayed at the house was frequently seen outside the house and often went to neighbors’ homes, hers included, Rushing said. She said neighbors had also seen a gaunt, sickly-looking man leave the residence one day, sparking speculation that something was awry at the home.


Lannon has a police record. He pleaded guilty in March 2010 to possession of cocaine, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and three counts of violation of probation, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to jail time.

In 2008, he was sentenced to jail time on a charge of grand theft. He was not prosecuted on charges of possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis in 2003, robbery in 2008 and dealing in stolen property in 2010.

His court record also shows arrests over the years for numerous traffic infractions, such as no seatbelt, reckless driving and speeding.

A cursory search of local court records revealed that Gainey was previously convicted of listed chemical with intent to manufacture a controlled substance in January 2012.

She was also convicted of uttering forged bills in January 2011. Gainey was also convicted of possession of controlled substance and possession of cocaine and dealing in stolen property in August 2010.

A charge of possession of controlled substance without prescription against her was not prosecuted in July 2010, according to court records.



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