Carlos Munoz Portal, a Mexican location scout for the Netflix show “Narcos,” has reportedly been shot and killed in central Mexico. According to reports, he was killed on Monday.
Netflix released an official statement saying “We are aware of the passing of Carlos Munoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family. The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities cont9inue to investigate.”
Munoz had previously worked as a location scout and in other aspects of the film industry for Stacy Perskie’s Mexico City-based production company called Redrum. His work credits also include “Fast & Furious.”
Munoz’s car and body were both reportedly found riddled with bullets in “A remote area near San Bartolo Actopan in the state of Mexico near the borders of Hidalgo state, which is said to have one of the highest murder rates in Mexico.” According to Variety, there were 182 homicides in Mexico in July alone, breaking down to nearly 13 per every 100,000 residents.
“According to local reports, authorities have had trouble piecing together the circumstances that led to his killing, given the dearth of witnesses.”
There are rumors that “Narcos’” fourth season is exploring the origin story of the infamous Juarez cartel in Mexico. Season 3 showed the rise and fall of the Colombian cartel known as Cali which initiated the shift of the drug wars to the state of Mexico.
“Munoz’s murder raises doubts on whether the production will continue in Mexico or move back to Colombia where it begin. Such a decision would imperil hundreds of jobs that the series’ production would have generated in Mexico.”
A friend of Munoz reportedly told one local paper that “they,” seeming to mean the cartel or people connected to it, may have believed that Munoz was collecting information on them and that’s why he was killed.
“We have no witnesses” a spokesman for the Mexican Attorney General said.