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Los Angeles: Mexican location scout Carlos Munoz Portal has been shot to death in a violent region in central Mexico Monday while scouting for season four of Netflix’s hit show Narcos.
The seasoned scout, who worked for Stacy Perskie’s Mexico City-based production company Redrum, has a slew of high-profile credits to his name, including Sicario, Spectre, The Fast and The Furious and Apocalypto.
“We are aware of the passing of Carlos Munoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family,” a Netflix statement said. “The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.”
Munoz’s bullet-riddled body and car were found in a remote area near the borders of Hidalgo state, which is said to have the highest murder rate in Mexico. In July, 182 cases of homicide were reported in the densely populated state, a ratio of 12.2 for every 100,000 inhabitants.
Netflix’s season 4 is said to be exploring the origins of Mexico’s infamous Juarez cartel just as season 3 focused on the rise and fall of Colombia’s Cali cartel and heralded the shift of the drug wars to Mexico.
Munoz’s murder raises doubts on whether the production will continue in Mexico or move back to Colombia where it began. Such a decision would imperil hundreds of jobs that the series’ production would have generated in Mexico.
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