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Terror in Mexico. How a retired couple held off 22 hours of attack on their retirement home.

February 17, 2023 Dave Campbell
Clarity from Chaos Podcast
Terror in Mexico. How a retired couple held off 22 hours of attack on their retirement home.
Show Notes

Ms. Janet Sanders, a Colorado businesswoman and her husband were terrorized, held captive, and nearly killed by machete-wielding, gun-toting thugs who destroyed their belongings, killed their dogs, and more in the formerly safe resort city of Puerto Vallarta, before they were able to escape back to the United States earlier this year.

In that city, the U.S. Treasury Department is pursuing the case of Sergio Armando Orozco Rodriguez, also known as Puerto Vallarta cartel kingpin “Chocho” who extorts businesses for protection money in his hometown and launders drug proceeds through ties to nightclubs and restaurants along the city’s picturesque boardwalk.

 Ms. Sanders now runs a travel advisory site:  that warns American travelers of the ongoing dangers and risks they will face while visiting Mexico.

Parents of students planning to ditch the books and hit the beaches of Mexico for spring break are being warned to change their vacation plans now and stop their kids from crossing the border due to major safety concerns.

As of last week, the U.S. State Department has issued its strongest possible “do not travel” warning for several Mexican states because of “crime and kidnapping”. Solo female travelers are especially advised to exercise increased caution in Mexico. 

The popular tourist state of Quintana Roo once considered extremely safe, which includes Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and Tulum, has been slapped with an “exercise increased caution” warning.  30 of Mexico’s 32 states have been flagged with warnings to travelers.

U.S. officials are warning that some resorts which had long been considered as being in safe areas are now being controlled by the Mexican drug cartels, who are not only selling drugs including deadly fentanyl to tourists but also using the resorts as money laundering facilities.

“There is a cartel presence in these resorts,” said Robert Almonte, a former U.S. Marshal in the western district of Texas. 

Ask Janet Sanders about the very real dangers of traveling to Mexico for naïve spring breakers, why all U.S. vacationers but especially kids on spring break are particularly vulnerable in Mexico, and about her own harrowing story that has led her to oversee the travel danger website writing a book about her own experiences in Mexico.


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