Does Narcos Scout Murder Put Netflix’s Mexican Move Into Question?
A location scout for the Netflix series Narcos was shot and killed while searching for locations for series four of the drama series about drugs cartel violence.
Carlos Munoz Portal, 37, was killed on Monday in a rural area in Mexico, outside of Mexico City, a friend of the location manager told Spanish daily El Pais.
His bullet-ridden body was found in a car on an unnamed dirt road in the community of San Bartolo Actopan, in the municipality of Temascalapa, according to the report.
The site bordering the state of Hidalgo has the highest murder rate in the country. In July, 182 people were murdered, a rate of 12.2 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Narcos is about the rise and fall of Colombian drugs baron Pablo Escobar, with filming the fourth series reportedly to move from Colombia to Mexico as the series shifts focus to the Juarez cartel.
Munoz’s murder raises doubts on whether the production will continue in Mexico or move back to Colombia where it began, Variety reported, with hundreds of Mexican jobs ties to the production at stake.
Munoz’s friend told El Pais that locals may have become suspicious after seeing him with a camera collecting information, due to the insecurity of the area, and decided to track him.