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Captured Guzman to keep Public Enemy No. 1 title

Published: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 12:02 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO — Reputed drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will retain his title as Chicago's Public Enemy No. 1 despite his recent capture in Mexico.

The Chicago Crime Commission's executive director, Joseph Ways Sr., said in a phone interview Monday the group won't yank the title at least until Guzman is convicted in a U.S. court.

Last year, it affixed the same notorious label to Guzman assigned to Prohibition-era Chicago gangster Al Capone in 1930. Except for Capone, the non-government body hadn't given any crime figure the Public Enemy No. 1 label until Guzman.

Even though there's no indication Guzman ever stepped foot in Chicago, the commission says he was more menacing than Capone because of the narcotics his Sinaloa cartel supplies.

Mexico hasn't said if it intends to extradite Guzman.

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