Carlos Muñoz Portal, a Mexican national who was working as a location scout for the Netflix series “Narcos,” was shot and killed in a violent region in central Mexico while scouting for season 4 of the popular show. The veteran scout, who worked for production company based out of Mexico City called Redrum, possesses a number of high profile movies, including, “Fast & Furious,” “Spectre,” “Sicario,” and “Apocalypto.”
Netflix released the following statement: “We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family. The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.”
Various Mexican journalists posted the news accompanied by photos of Portal
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Muñoz’s body and car were found riddled with bullets on the outskirts of San Bartolo Actopan near the borders of the Mexican state of Hidalgo, which is believed to have one of the top murder rates in the country. A staggering 182 homicides were reported in the heavily populated state for the month of July.
Due to a lack of witnesses, law enforcement has reportedly had trouble figuring out what led to his death.
It’s said Narcos’ fourth season will be focused on the origins of Mexico’s notorious Juarez cartel, just as the rise and fall of Colombia’s Cali cartel was the focal point of season 3.
The killing of Muñoz has made the likelihood of production continuing in Mexico doubtful. Should they choose to move the show back to its original setting in Colombia, it would jeopardize hundreds of jobs related to the series’ production that would have been created in Mexico.