Belle Glade Sun

PBSO: Suspect swallows possible cocaine after shooting; unclear who was targeted in early Sunday morning shooting

Deputies with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting outside of a popular Belle Glade nightclub on Sunday, but found themselves wrestling with the main suspect in the incident.

A bloodied Enri Cardentey, 27, of Belle Gade, is seen in his arrest mugshot, the result, deputies say, of his unwillingness to cooperate when confronted about the shooting.

A shot spotter call showed that four rounds were fired in the area of the Caribbean nightclub, which is located at 408 Southeast 1st St. in Belle Glade. The system reported the shots to have been fired sometime around 3:30 a.m.

When they arrived, deputies spoke with a security guard at the club, who told them he heard three to four gunshots while standing at the front door of the establishment. Looking outside, he spotted a while male running from the south area of the building to the north area of the building, to a dumpster just beside the nightclub.

Deputies approached the dumpster, where they found a white male and the owner of the nightclub standing by the dumpster. As they approached, the suspect seemed to walk closer to the dumpster, at which time deputies heard a loud noise, like a heavy object hitting the dumpster.

The suspect was ordered to come out from behind the dumpster. A search of the area found a silver revolver gun, brand Smith and Wesson Model 36, 38 caliber, which was later found to be stolen out of Highlands County in February of 2015.

The suspect was also found to have a prior felony conviction, which allowed deputies to place him under arrest for being the only person likely to have been in possession of the gun at the time. Enri, however, denied knowledge of the gun.

A pat down of the suspect also revealed a small, clear baggie containing white powdery substance. A deputy placed the baggy on the hood of his car. As they continued searching the suspect, he bent over and placed the suspected cocaine in his mouth and attempted to swallow it. Despite orders to spit it out, the suspect refused, pulling away from the deputy.

The deputy grabbed the suspect by both shoulders and tackled him to the ground but the suspect continued resisting, and eventually swallowed the suspected narcotic. Gravel and rocks on the ground cut the suspect across the forehead.
The man was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, tampering with evidence, and resisting arrest without violence.