Drug lord to formally regain Chicago Public Enemy No 1 title

The Chicago Crime Commission says that on Tuesday it will formally restore Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's title as Chicago's Public Enemy No. 1


Associated Press

CHICAGO — Now that a reputed drug lord has escaped from prison in Mexico, he's regaining an infamous title some 2,000 miles away in Chicago.

The Chicago Crime Commission says that on Tuesday it will formally restore Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's title as Chicago's Public Enemy No. 1.

Al Bilek, executive vice president of the Chicago Crime Commission, Jack Riley, Special Agent In Charge for the DEA, Chicago Field office, and Peter Bensinger former administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announce that Joaquin "El Chapo'' Guzman, a drug kingpin in Mexico, is Chicago's Public Enemy No. 1, during a news conference in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
Al Bilek, executive vice president of the Chicago Crime Commission, Jack Riley, Special Agent In Charge for the DEA, Chicago Field office, and Peter Bensinger former administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announce that Joaquin "El Chapo'' Guzman, a drug kingpin in Mexico, is Chicago's Public Enemy No. 1, during a news conference in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

The non-governmental body first applied that label to Guzman in 2013 to highlight how his Sinaloa cartel dominates Chicago's drugs trade. The city is also a key transit hub for Sinaloa's U.S.-wide distribution.

The only other figure deemed worthy of the title of Public Enemy No. 1 by the group was gangster Al Capone in the 1930s.

The commission struck Guzman from the list after his 2014 capture, but says his weekend escape through a tunnel returns him to the top of the list.

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