As unvetted illegal immigration from the nation’s southern border continues to be a heated issue in American politics, cartel-related violence in Mexico is reaching new heights.
The entertainment community is now shocked to find the violence reaching them directly. According to Breitbart, Carlos Muñoz Portal, a producer of the hit Netflix show Narcos, was shot and killed in a car in Mexico while scouting locations for the program.
Muñoz Portal was found dead in his car in the town of San Bartolo Actopan, State of Mexico, Mexico. As NBC News notes, the town is located near the border state of Hidalgo–which currently has the highest murder rate in Mexico, with a ratio of 12.2 homicides for every 100,000 residents as of July.
Muñoz Portal worked as a location scout on well-known films such as 007 Spectre, Sicario, Fast & Furious, Man on Fire, and Mel Gibsons’s Apocalypto. At the time of his death, he was searching for locations for the fourth season of Narcos, a Netflix series that dramatizes the stories of Latin American criminal organizations.
The first three seasons of Narcos dealt with the Columbian cartels. Seasons one and two focused on famous drug lord Pablo Escobar. Season three detailed the waning influence of the Cartel of Cali and portrayed the widespread corruption in Columbia’s government.
The fourth season is set to examine Mexico’s Juarez cartel. However, the murder of Muñoz Portal, whose death may be directly related to the content of the Netflix program, has led to speculation about whether production will pull out of Mexico and return to Columbia.
Such a move would deal an economic blow to the region, which is expecting a surge of hundreds of jobs from the filming. The makers of Narcos have not yet released a definitive statement about the show’s future.
As covered by Daily Dot, Netflix released a statement regarding Muñoz Portal’s shocking death. “We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family,” the statement says. “The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.”
According to Deadline, a spokesman for the Attorney General of the State of Mexico informed the press that no witnesses have been found so far. For the people behind Narcos, the death of Muñoz Portal bring the tragic events dramatized in the series to brutal reality. There’s a danger that cast and crew members may be targeted by Mexican cartels if production proceeds.
Drug violence in Mexico has skyrocketed as cartels fight each other over territory. As reported by Fox News, one of the most tragic incidents this year took place last month. Three people at the popular tourist destination were killed in the crossfire between two gangs. In January, two cartel members traded gunfire in a Playa del Carmen nightclub. A Canadian bodyguard was hit in the crossfire and an American teenager was trampled to death by civilians trying to escape.
Mexican drug cartel crime has dripped over into the world of Hollywood. Because the Left was targeted, do you think the subject of drug cartel violence will finally be addressed sincerely?
These incidents are damaging foreign perceptions of Mexico and hurting its tourism industry, which is an important part of the country’s economy. Mexican leaders, unable to control the situation, channel public anger at the immigration policies of American President Donald Trump.
But the Trump administration has taken a hard stance against drug cartels. As seen at Fox Business, Attorney General Jeff Sessions even traveled to El Salvador in July to fight the international gang MS-13 on the front line. It appears Trump and the US are doing more to combat the Mexican drug trade than Mexico itself.