Chicago’s ‘Public Enemy No. 1’ captured in Mexico

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by Associated Press

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Posted on February 22, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 22 at 7:44 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- The drug kingpin who was named Chicago’s first “Public Enemy No. 1” since Al Capone has been captured.

The Associated Press has learned Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was taken alive overnight by U.S. and Mexican authorities at a hotel in Mazatlan, Mexico.

The Chicago Crime Commission named the 56-year-old head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel the city’s Public Enemy No. 1 last year because they said his cartel supplies most of the narcotics sold in the city.

The only other person to have the notorious label was Capone. He earned it in 1930, at height of the Prohibition-era gang wars.

Jack Riley is head of the Chicago office of the Drug Enforcement Administration. He told the Chicago Sun-Times he’ll push for Guzman to be brought to Chicago to stand trial. 

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