Ah, Mexico. I used to go there quite frequently back in the 70’s and 80’s and it was relatively safe. Yeah, you had prostitution and corrupt cops and it wasn’t the safest place in the world but again, it wasn’t THAT bad.

Well, those days are gone. Nowhere is safe in Mexico. The drug cartels and gangs have made that country one of the most dangerous places to go. You won’t see me going there ever again- that’s for sure.

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Unfortunately, a man who’s job was finding locations to film a TV show found out that Mexico was the wrong place to be, and now he’s dead.


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, Fox News reports.

The bullet-riddled body of Carlos Muñoz Portal and his car were found Monday in a remote area in central Mexico close to the border of Hidalgo, which has one of the highest murder rates in Mexico, Variety reported Saturday.

“We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family,” Netflix said in a statement, Variety reported. “The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.”

The seasoned scout worked for Stacy Perskie’s Mexico City-based production company Redrum and had a slew of high profile credits to his name, including, “Sicario,” “Spectre,” “Fast & Furious” and Mel Gibson’s “Apocalypto,” according to Variety.


Several Mexican journalists reported Muñoz’s death on social media.

“In places , Carlos Muñoz Portal (37), was looking for locations for series . He was found dead by bullets in a car.” (Translated to English)

Muñoz’s bullet-riddled body and car were found in a remote area near San Bartolo Actopan in the state of Mexico near the borders of Hidalgo state, which is said to have one of the highest murder rates 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.

One of his friends told the paper that Munoz had a camera with him.

“Maybe they thought he was collecting information and they started tracking him in a car,” the friend said.

Investigators have little to go on at this point, according to local media.

“We have no witnesses,” Claudio Barrera, spokesman for the Attorney General of the State of Mexico was quoted as saying in La Vanguardia.

Season 4 of “Narcos” 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, Variety reported.

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, according to Variety.

Rest in peace my Mexican amigo.

God Bless.

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