The bullet-riddled corpse of Carlos Muñoz Portal was found on a dirt road outside of a town known as Temascalapa, near Mexico City in the surrounding State of Mexico. The vehicle and the body were located near the border of the adjacent state, Hidalgo. The latter has the highest murder rate in Mexico.
Muñoz was a member of the crew producing the successful Netflix series “Narcos” and was scouting locations for the fourth season. In a statement, Netflix declared: “The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.”
Muñoz was a native of Puebla, a state to the south of the national capital. The Mexican national had worked as a film location scout since 2003. Besides “Narcos,” he had also worked on the successful James Bond film “Spectre,” Vin Diesel’s “Fast & Furious,” Denzel Washington film “Man on Fire,” and Mel Gibson's “Apocalypto.”
Netflix said: "We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected scout, and send our condolences to his family.”
The “Narcos” series tells the story of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Police investigating murders in Mexico have plenty of work: by May, there were 2,186 murders in Mexico: an all-time high in 20 years of recordkeeping. Drug cartels in Mexico continue to commit mass killings while contending for power. In July, there were 182 cases of murder in Hidalgo: a ratio of 12.2 for every 100,000 inhabitants.
Local reports suggest that police appear to have little to go on while continuing their investigation into the circumstances of the Munoz killing. The current film schedule of the “Narcos” series may be related to the death of Munoz. The fourth season is believed to be related to the rise of the infamous Juarez drug cartel of Mexico. Season 3 dealt with the rise and fall of the Cali cartel of Colombia, which led to the rise of the Mexican organization and the change in venue for the wars of narcoterrorism.