Chicago Gets First 'Public Enemy No. 1' Since Capone Era

Cartel boss Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman gets dubious honor
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 14, 2013 3:25 PM CST
Chicago Gets First 'Public Enemy No. 1' Since Capone Era
Chicago mobster Al Capone attends a football game in Chicago, Jan. 19, 1931.   (uncredited)

Authorities in Chicago are naming a drug kingpin in Mexico as the city's Public Enemy No. 1—a label first given to gangster Al Capone and one that hasn't been used since Prohibition. Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is being singled out for his role as leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, which supplies the bulk of narcotics sold in the city, according to the Chicago Crime Commission and the DEA.

"Not since the Chicago Crime Commission's first Public Enemy No. 1 has any criminal deserved this title more than Joaquin Guzman," says the president of the commission. Adds the DEA's top agent in Chicago: "Guzman is the new Al Capone of Chicago. If I was to put those two guys in a ring, El Chapo would eat (Capone) alive."

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