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

(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."

Chicago mobster Al Capone attends a football game in Chicago, Jan. 19, 1931.
Chicago mobster Al Capone attends a football game in Chicago, Jan. 19, 1931.   (uncredited)
Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias El Chapo Guzman, is seen in a 1993 file photo. He is thought to live in western Mexico.
Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias "El Chapo" Guzman, is seen in a 1993 file photo. He is thought to live in western Mexico.   (Damian Dovarganes)
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