2013 was a big year for Mexico's most infamous drug lord, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, el "Chapo" Guzmán, who proved throughout the year why he was deserving of the title "public enemy number one," bestowed upon him by the city of Chicago in February. The Chicago Crim Commission  and the Drug Enforcment Agency gave El Chapo the title which was orignally bestowed upon Al Capone in 1930, one of the United States' most renowned gansters.

1. On the 4th of March 2013, the leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel emerged on Forbes' annual list of the richest men of the year. 'El Chapo' has been on the list since 2009 when he was placed at 2009. 2. This year, the drug cartel leader made it to number 67 on the list of the World's Most Powerful People, a list topped by US President Barack Obama. The infamous criminal also figures at number 1153 the list of the world's billionaires, defining him as a figure of not only great wealth but also powerful influence.

3. In November, news emerged that the drug kingpin was issued a drivers license, despite already being a wanted man by the DEA. Guzman used the license to register two Corvettes acquired in Los Angeles: the cars were later given to two public security officials in Mexico. 4. Most recently, reports emerged of 84 kilos of crystal meth being found in the Philippines: the men transporting the drugs were linked to El Chapo.

El Chapo's reach has thus extended far beyond Mexico and the US: he is an international drug kingpin that continues to evade capture. It is these reasons that mark El Chapo as 2013's Public Enemy Number One.