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article imageDrug kingpin Chicago's first 'Public Enemy No. 1' since Al Capone

By Angela Norwood     Feb 14, 2013 in Crime
Chicago - Drug cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera has been named Chicago's first "Public Enemy No. 1" since Al Capone in 1930.
The alleged leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, has been named "Public Enemy No. 1" by the Chicago Crime Commission. Guzman is the first to be given the title since Al Capone in 1930.
According to the Chicago Crime Commission and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Sinaloa cartel supplies the majority of narcotics sold in Chicago.
"Not since the Chicago Crime Commission's first Public Enemy No. 1 has any criminal deserved this title more than Joaquin Guzman," said Commission president J.R. Davis.
The Chicago Crime Commission, a 94-year old non-government organization created to track crime in the city, named gangster Al Capone the first "Public Enemy No. 1" in 1930 and now likens the Prohibition-era criminal to Guzman Loera.
"What Al Capone was to beer and whiskey, Guzman is to narcotics," said Commission vice president Al Bilek.
Although named the biggest criminal threat to the city, Guzman does not reside in Chicago. The alleged cartel boss reportedly hides in the mountains of western Mexico. Top DEA official Jack Riley explained to the AP that Guzman is far more dangerous than his bootlegging predecessor — also the mastermind behind the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" in 1929.
"If I was to put those two guys in a ring, El Chapo would eat that guy (Capone) alive," said Riley to the Associated Press. "In my opinion, Guzman is the new Al Capone of Chicago."
The cartel leader, whose nickname means "Shorty," is estimated to be worth $1 billion by Forbes and was named one of their most "Powerful People."
According to Riley, Chicago is an important hub for the Sinaloa cartel, as both a destination for drugs to be sold and a distribution point.
"This is where Guzman turns his drugs into money," he said.
Bilek hopes the announcement of Guzman Loera's "Public Enemy No. 1" status brings more exposure to the fiercely protected drug kingpin. Neither Bilek or Riley are concerned with Guzman Loera taking pride in his newfound notoriety.
“I don’t really care what he says,” Riley said.
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