Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Location scout for 'Narcos' has been shot dead in Mexico

Location scout for 'Narcos' has been shot dead in Mexico

Carlos Muñoz Portal, 37, was killed on Monday night while scouting locations for the show, which has chronicled the stories of real-life drugpins in Colombia in the late 1980s and was shifting gears to focus on the cartels in Mexico.

A "Narcos" location scout was gunned down this week after traveling to one of Mexico's most violent regions to hunt for settings to shoot for the fourth season of the hit Netflix show.

According to Variety, Hidalgo had the highest murder rate in Mexico.

Netflix said in a statement: "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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Narcos, which has dealt with Columbian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar, was going to set season 4 in Mexico and feature the Juarez cartel.

Netflix said the facts surrounding his death were "still unknown".

A graduate from the University of the Americas, Munoz has been working in the film industry for more than decade as a locations manager. While there are no concrete details as to the backstory behind the man's murder, sources are saying that local authorities continue to gather information concerning the details of the homicide. Nor confirmation either way had been made public by Netflix at the time of this writing. 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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