Escaped Drug Lord 'El Chapo' to Regain 'Public Enemy' Title in Chicago - NBC Chicago

Escaped Drug Lord 'El Chapo' to Regain 'Public Enemy' Title in Chicago

The only other time the Chicago Crime Commission applied the label was to gangster Al Capone in 1930

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    Escaped Drug Lord 'El Chapo' to Regain 'Public Enemy' Title in Chicago

    Reputed drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who lost the title of "Public Enemy No. 1" with his capture, has now regained it with his escape.

    A crime-fighting group in Illinois said Sunday that Guzman's escape over the weekend from a Mexican prison means he'll regain his title as Chicago's Public Enemy No. 1.

    The only other time the Chicago Crime Commission applied that label was to gangster Al Capone in 1930. They applied it to Guzman in 2013 to highlight how his Sinaloa cartel dominates Chicago's narcotics trade.

    Spokesman John Pastuovic says Guzman's escape demonstrates that Mexican prisons aren't "equipped" to hold Guzman. He says Guzman should be extradited to the U.S. if he's captured again.

    Cartel Kingpin Chicago's New Public Enemy No. 1

    [CHI] Cartel Kingpin Chicago's New Public Enemy No. 1
    The Chicago Crime Commission and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration name Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Chicago's new Public Enemy No. 1 for his role as leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, which supplies the bulk of narcotics sold in the city.
    (Published Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013)

    The non-governmental body is expected to hold an event this week to formally restore Guzman's Public Enemy title.

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