“Public Enemy No. 1” hasn’t been used in Chicago since Al Capone was the city’s most wanted man -- until now.
The Chicago Crime Commission, the nonprofit that first put out the public enemies list -- the precursor to the FBI’s Most Wanted list -- has dubbed Mexican drug cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman “Public Enemy No. 1.”
"Not since the Chicago Crime Commission's first Public Enemy No. 1 has any criminal deserved this title more than Joaquin Guzman," Chicago Crime Commission President J.R. Davis said. Capone was dubbed “Public Enemy No. 1” by the commission in 1930.
Even though Guzman lives in Mexico, the head of the Sinaloa Cartel is dangerous to Chicago, because the drugs supplied to the city from the cartel spill over into violent turf wars in the Second City, Jack Riley, Chicago head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, or DEA, said.
"This is where Guzman turns his drugs into money," Riley said, according to the Associated Press.
Riley told the AP that he considers Guzman even more dangerous than Capone, the crime boss of the Chicago Outfit who ruled the city’s underworld during Prohibition through bootlegging and other illicit activities. On Valentine’s Day 1929, Capone’s gang murdered seven rivals in what became known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
"If I was to put those two guys in a ring, El Chapo would eat that guy [Capone] alive," he told the AP.
Riley said Guzman is responsible for the lion’s share of drugs that enter Chicago, adding that the Second City is also a major hub for the cartel to ship drugs across the United States.
The DEA head said it’s only a matter of time before authorities capture Guzman, who is wanted on federal drug trafficking charges in Chicago. The Sinaloa Cartel leader would be brought to Chicago for trial if he is ever captured. A $5 million reward has been offered for the capture of the drug kingpin.
"His time is coming," Riley said. "I can't wait for that day."