CHICAGO – Move over Al Capone: Chicago has declared Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman the city’s public enemy No. 1.
The boss of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, whose nickname means “shorty” in Mexican slang, became just the second criminal to be labeled as Chicago’s top foe. The independent Chicago Crime Commission, a business-supported watchdog group founded in 1919, gave the public enemy title to Capone in 1930, and until now it had “yet to witness a criminal worthy of the same moniker.”
Guzman, the commission said, “has easily surpassed the carnage and social destruction that was caused by Capone.” The kingpin is accused of using Chicago “as his drug trafficking hub for the Midwest.”
His cartel has allegedly trafficked up to 2 tons of cocaine through Chicago per month, and he is wanted in Chicago on charges of international drug trafficking conspiracy along with 35 other defendants, the commission said.