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Members of The Dallas 40 believe it is imperative to learn more about important community issues by “drilling down” into a subject … listening to, learning from and interacting with those who are leading the way. Our speakers, all prominent in their own spheres of influence, address our meetings to educate our members on these issues and to enable them to influence the direction of our community based upon informed choice. By providing entree to circles of business, professional and community leaders, The Dallas 40 affords its members and invited guests the opportunity to engage the community’s best and brightest in a dialogue that makes a difference. The Dallas 40 is a nonpartisan organization, with membership open to men and women of all ages.

Next Meeting:

Monday, October 10th | RSVP

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Maggiano’s
5:30 p.m. Appetizers and Cash Bar
6:00 p.m. Program

Mexican Drug Cartels: The Real
Illegal Immigrant Threat to North Texas?

Featured Speaker:
Rick Calvert, Assistant U. S. Attorney and Deputy Criminal
Chief of Organized Crime, Northern District of Texas

Amid so much political discourse and dissent focused on the dangers of illegal immigration from both south of the border and radical Muslim jihadists, are we ignoring the very real and present danger posed by organized crime and illegal drug distribution here in North Texas? We’re not talking the Mafia – we’re talking Mexican drug cartels in Dallas, Fort Worth, and surrounding communities. Drug cartels known to be operating in North Texas have included the Sinaloa Cartel, Los Zetas, the Gulf Cartel, the Juarez Cartel, La Familia Michoacana, Knights Templar and Beltran-Leyva. Heroin, prescription drugs and “designer” drugs so potent that death can be nearly instantaneous are fueling increases in addiction, overdose, illegal firearms sales and violent drug-related crime. Methamphetamine, also referred to as the “Devil’s Drug,” is flooding North Texas communities. The Texas Department of Public Safety flatly states that “Mexican cartels constitute the greatest organized crime threat to Texas.” In 2015, 80% to 90% of all illegal drugs entering the United States came into the country from Mexico. Between 2011 and 2013, heroin-overdose-related deaths increased more than 87.8%, and in 2014 Mexican opium production increased more than 50%. Today, more people in the United States die of drug overdoses than gun violence or automobile accidents. Deaths attributed to illegal immigrants and Muslim terrorists pale in comparison. So why aren’t we talking about the crime in our back yards, the crime that disproportionally kills our vulnerable youth, the crime that fills our jails? Why aren’t we talking about the crime that attacks and kills us every day?

About the Speaker

Rick Calvert is the Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Texas, and the Deputy Criminal Chief OCDETF/Organized Crime Northern District of Texas; a former Assistant District Attorney for Rockwall County Texas; 1989 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University (Criminal Justice); and1991 graduate of Ole Miss Law School (J.D. with Honors).

In 2010 he was the recipient of the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance by an Assistant United States Attorney. He was recognized for his outstanding achievements as one of the top Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the country, principally for his multi-year criminal investigations targeting Mexican drug cartels operating within the DFW area.

Rick has been the lead prosecutor in a number of multi-year criminal investigations targeting Mexican drug cartels operating within the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, as well as some very high-profile cases such as the heroin overdose death of Rian Lashley. Rick also worked last year’s case in the murder-for-hire of Dr. Kendra Hatcher in Downtown Dallas; in conjunction with Dallas County officials, he identified and then helped locate the alleged hitman through hours and hours of telephone toll analysis.  He cites this experience as one of his proudest professional moments.

Rick is an acknowledged expert on Mexican cartels and their presence in the Northern District of Texas, and on the explosion of heroin and prescription drug abuse within our area.


Guests are always welcome. We request a per-guest fee of $15. If a guest joins as a member on the day he/she attends a meeting, the $15 fee is credited against the dues fee. For the remainder of 2016, membership is pro-rated to $37.50 per person ($75 annually), or $65.00 per couple ($130 annually). Please RSVP Here

Maggiano’s, Northpark, 8687 N Central Expy, Suite 205, Dallas, TX 75225-4499 / Phone: 214-360-0707

Meeting is on the 2nd floor; a receptionist will direct you to the room. Surface, garage and valet parking are available. Maggiano’s entrance is on the south side of the mall. You can also enter from inside the mall.


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