CHICAGO, Jan. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The title Public Enemy Number One has been officially removed from Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera by the Chicago Crime Commission, now that he has been extradited to the United States. The title, originally coined for Al Capone by the Chicago Crime Commission in 1930 and never used since, was assigned in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, to Guzman on February 14, 2013.
The Chicago Crime Commission vowed that he would retain the Public Enemy Number One title until he was in the custody of U.S. authorities.
"At the time of his escape in 2015, the Chicago Crime Commission was outraged that Chapo Guzman had been allowed to slip through the hands of Mexican authorities once again," said J.R. Davis, Chairman and President of the Chicago Crime Commission. "The Guzman escape demonstrated that even the most 'high security' Mexican prison was not equipped to hold him. Upon Guzman's recapture in 2016, the Chicago Crime Commission called on the President of the United States to demand that he be extradited to the United States immediately," he added.
"Not since the Chicago Crime Commission's first Public Enemy Number One has any criminal deserved this title more than Guzman," Davis continued. "Compared to Guzman, Al Capone looks like an amateur," he stated.
Guzman headed the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico which, according to law enforcement, smuggles heroin, cocaine, marijuana and other narcotics between Mexico and the United States. Chicago has been identified as a key recipient of these drugs and as a trans-shipment hub for the cartel. The Sinaloa Cartel has found willing business partners among the 100,000 street gang members in Chicago and in the suburbs.
In Mexico, the Sinaloa cartel and other feuding cartels are responsible for tens of thousands of murders, some gruesome beyond belief. "Under Guzman's leadership, the Sinaloa cartel was known to kidnap, torture, kill and mutilate. Additionally, because of the violence associated with gangs and the drug trade, you can say that Guzman's fingerprints are on much of the violence plaguing Chicago today," Davis concluded.
SOURCE Chicago Crime Commission