'Narcos' location scout shot to death in Mexico

Nick Sanchez
September 17, 2017

Veteran location manager Carlos Munoz was shot and killed while scouting for season 4 of Narcos.

Carlos Muñoz Portal's body was found on Monday, along with his bullet-riddled auto, in a remote area in San Bartolo Actopan, which is near the borders of the Hidalgo state.

The show 's season 4, is scheduled to be following Mexico's Juarez cartel. "Muñoz was a seasoned veteran filmmaker to find filming locations for the major USA film productions working in Mexico". The first two seasons of the show looked at the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, the leader of the Cartel de Medellin.

Unclear if Portal's death will derail production. The newspaper added that there are fears that Netflix will shoot the series somewhere other than Mexico because of the violence.

Munoz's body was found with gunshot wounds in a auto in a rural area of Mexico, which is known for having gang-related drug violence. The vehicle was found on an unnamed dirt road in San Bartolo Actopan, part of the municipality of Temascalapa. The site is located to the northeast of the State of Mexico, very close to the border with Hidalgo. In July, 182 cases of homicide were reported in the densely populated state, a ratio of 12.2 for every 100,000 inhabitants. Authorities are reportedly having trouble piecing together what happened leading up the Portal's death, and police are still investigating.

Munoz had previously scouted locations for other productions within Mexico such as the Denzel Washington action film Man On Fire, Mel Gibson's primal thriller Apocaltypo and the most recent James Bond movie Spectre.

"We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family".

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