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 mobster Al Capone attends a football game in Chicago, Jan. 19, 1931.   (uncredited)

(Newser) – 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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sean8513
Feb 15, 2013 9:07 AM CST
Who is pulling Guzman's strings?
viva_yo
Feb 15, 2013 5:04 AM CST
Like most amphetamine kingpins, Guzman uses his own product making him an even more rabid sociopath than Capone could ever be. They don't get much crazier than amphetamine addicts except if they're sociopathic amphetamine addicts.
Dogbreath
Feb 15, 2013 2:31 AM CST
So taking out Guzman would ............what...solve the problem? Just like killing Osama bin Laden has solved the Al Queda problem......that worked really well. Why doesn't Chicago put up more prominent signage declaring Chicago a DRUG FREE CITY........that should solve the problem.