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Chapo Capture Remakes Chicago Drug Market, His Home Port

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the alleged head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, once referred to Chicago as his “home port,” a hub of a narcotics empire he built by filling a power vacuum left by the imprisonment of the city’s gang leaders.

Guzman’s arrest in a seaside Mexican town three days ago has left law enforcement, community leaders and even gang members disagreeing over how his own imprisonment will affect the multibillion-dollar drug trade. Some are predicting Guzman’s longtime lieutenant, Ismael Zambada, will easily assume control, while others anticipate a new vacuum that spurs violence in Mexico as well as Chicago and other U.S. cities.