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Chicago Crime Commission Calls for El Chapo's Immediate Extradition

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was renamed Chicago's “Public Enemy No. 1” following his most recent escape from a maximum-security prison

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    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced Friday that fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been recaptured seven months after he escaped from a maximum security prison. Tammy Leitner reports. (Published Friday, Jan. 8, 2016)

    The Chicago Crime Commission has called for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman — the city's "Public Enemy No. 1" — to be extradited to the U.S. immediately following his capture Friday.

    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced on Twitter Friday that the fugitive drug kingpin had been recaptured seven months after he escaped from a maximum-security prison.

    "Mission accomplished: we have him," Nieto wrote. He said in a follow-up tweet that capturing the leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel is an "important achievement for the rule of law in Mexico." A law enforcement source confirmed the arrest to NBC News.

    "The Chicago Crime Commission demands that Guzman is immediately turned over to American authorities," J.R. Davis, President and Chairman of the Chicago Crime Commission, said in a statement Friday. "The two escapes by Guzman demonstrate that even the most 'high security' Mexican prisons are not equipped to hold Guzman."

    Guzman was renamed Chicago’s "Public Enemy No. 1" following his most recent escape. The Crime Commission said Guzman was originally given the title in 2013, but it was suspended when he was captured in 2014.

    Officials with the crime-fighting group called Guzman "one of the most dangerous criminals in the world."

    The drug lord was indicted in Chicago in 2009 and pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in 2013. Federal officials pushed for Guzman to stand trial in Chicago, but he was sent to Mexico for his trial instead.

    Guzman was only the second person to be named Public Enemy No. 1 in Chicago, following Al Capone, who received the title in 1930.
     

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