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‘Narcos’ locations manager shot dead while scouting in Mexico 

A locations manager working for the Netflix series “Narcos” was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds while scouting 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.

The scout was found in his car having suffered from a number of gunshot wounds, but it is unclear where on his body or many,according to Deadline.

Netflix confirmed his passing to the Daily News.

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“We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family,” a statement to The News read.

The network added that circumstances surrounding the death remain unclear.

The car was found on an unanemd dirt road in San Bartolo Actopan — which is part of the Temascalapa municipality.

The area is widely known to be plagued with drug-related killings as it is nearby the border of Hidaglo.

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In July, the Los Angeles Times reported that homicides in Mexico due to the drug war had spiked to record levels. More than 2,000 homicide invesitgations were opened in June 2017 — which is an increase of 40% from the year prior, and an 80% increase since 2015.

Portal was reportedly heading out to obtain some production photographs.

He had worked in the entertainment industry as a locations manager for more than 10 years, including jobs on “Apocalypto” and “Specter,” which filmed in Zocalo, Mexico.

An investigation into his death is ongoing.

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Netflix original series Narcos

Netflix original series Narcos


A spokesperson for Attorney General of the State of Mexico told Dedline that they have no witnesses at this time.

El País de España reported that it was unclear if Portal was fleeing to Hidalgo or from Hidalgo — which has the highest murder rate in Mexico.

“Narcos” mainly films in Colombia, with scenes also having been shot in Panama and the U.S.


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