Not since Al Capone during Prohibition days had Chicago declared a Public Enemy No. 1.
However, yesterday the Chicago Crime Commission resurrected the notorious spot for Forbes-listed billionaire Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman who heads the Sinaloa cartel "which supplies most of the narcotics sold in the city" as reported by Michael Tarm for the Associated Press:
What Al Capone was to beer and whiskey during Prohibition, Guzman is to narcotics," said Art Bilek, the commission's executive vice president. "Of the two, Guzman is by far the greater threat. ... And he has more power and financial capability than Capone ever dreamed of."
The Windy City is a major distribution hub for the Sinaloa cartel, and most of its product is delivered directly from Mexico by freight rail and semi trucks as reported by Frank Main for The Courier-News.Jack Riley, the special agent in charge of the DEA's field office in Chicago, IL, said last year that the local street gangs are proxies for the Mexican drug cartels in the battle for turf as reported by Armen Keteyian for CBS News:
Riley says Mexican cartels have a significant influence in Chicago's gang violence problem. "Let's take the gloves off on that," he said. "We know that the majority of the drugs here in Chicago, cartels are responsible for. We know that the majority of the murders are gang related. So it is very clear to see the connection and the role." As it stands now, at least three major Mexican cartels are battling over control of billions of dollars of marijuana, cocaine and -- increasingly -- heroin in this city.
Federal authorities in Chicago have an outstanding indictment against Guzman, and have offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture. However, since Peña Nieto won Mexico's Presidential election last July, some have predicted a capitulation to the cartels as then reported by Erin Carlyle for Forbes: "the new government is likely to be a lot less confrontational with people like the world's most powerful druglord: billionaire Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Loera."