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Cartel kingpin Chicago's new Public Enemy No. 1

Published: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 11:10 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO – For the first time since Prohibition, Chicago has a new Public Enemy No. 1 — a drug cartel kingpin in Mexico.

The Chicago Crime Commission and the Drug Enforcement Agency bestowed that title Thursday on Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

He's head of the Sinaloa cartel, which authorities say is the main narcotics supplier to Chicago. Even though he's in hiding in Mexico, the agencies consider Guzman a local crime boss.

The announcement marks the first time the Chicago Crime Commission has used the Public Enemy No. 1 label since it was created for mobster Al Capone.

Crime Commission Vice President Art Bilek says Guzman deserves the title for the "viciousness, the evil and the power of this man."

Guzman has been indicted on federal trafficking charges in Chicago.

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