Mexican drug cartel uses Chicago as 'home port' by WBEZ's Afternoon Shift published on 2013-09-17T21:29:37Z Chicago’s history as a regional transportation hub goes back to the city’s founding itself. It’s why Sears and Roebuck chose Chicago for catalog sales. And it’s why Sinoloa Drug Cartel leader Joaquin Guzman reportedly said he wanted to make Chicago his “home port” for heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methampetamine. Has that worked? And how much of the city's often-reported "gang-related violence" stems back to this cartel? Bloomberg Chicago bureau reporters John Lippert and Mario Parker have been investigating the cartel and bring us some answers.