'Narcos' Location Scout Found Dead in Mexico

Erica Roy
September 17, 2017

A location scout for the popular Netflix series "Narcos", was shot to death in Mexico while scouting for the show, Variety reports.

Carlos Muñoz Portal, who was 37 years old, was found dead in his auto.

The new season of Narcos is expected to focus on the origins of the Juarez cartel in Mexico, and filming was supposed to go down there as opposed to Colombia where past seasons were shot. He was a seasoned scout and worked for Stacy Perskie's Mexico City-based production company Redrum.

A friend of Muñoz says the film industry veteran drove out to photograph areas for season 4 scouting when he was last seen alive. The third and most recent season provided a look at the fall of Cartel de Cali and the corruption at the highest levels of the Colombian government including that nation's president; the U.S. Department of State was allegedly aware of the complicity. It's now unclear if Portal's death will affect production or whether the murder will move production back to Columbia.

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Munoz's body was found with gunshot wounds in a vehicle in a rural area of Mexico, which is known for having gang-related drug violence. This area reportedly has a homicide rate of 12.2 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the outlet.

Portal was an expert at wrangling locations on many Hollywood productions in Mexico, including Tony Scott's Man on Fire, Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, the latest James Bond film, Spectre, and Fast & Furious.

Netflix has since issued a statement paying their respects to Munoa and his family.

'The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate'.

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