The late Pablo Escobar. His cartel supplied an estimated 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the US at the height of his career.
The late Pablo Escobar. His cartel supplied an estimated 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the US at the height of his career.

Brother of Pablo Escobar warns of Netflix and kill

THE brother of the late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar has warned that Netflix should change its security protocol after a location scout was shot dead in Mexico last week.

Carlos Munoz Portal's body was discovered with his car in a remote area near San Bartolo Actopan, which is reported to have some of Mexico's highest murder rates.

Mr Munoz was a seasoned professional and had worked on productions such as James Bond film Spectre, Sicario, and Fast & Furious.

His death has reportedly raised concerns over whether production will continue in Mexico or move back to Colombia.

Since news of the killing emerged, Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, 71, has called on Netflix to avoid using Mexico and Colombia as shooting locations "without authorisation from Escobar Inc".

"It is very dangerous," he told the Hollywood Reporter in an interview.

"Especially without our blessing. This is my country."

Escobar Gaviria, former "chief of the hitmen", also said he thought Netflix should also take further security measures to protect its Narcos crew.

"You have to eliminate all threats," he said.

"If you have the intellect, you don't need to use weapons. If not, you have to. In this case, Netflix should provide hitmen to their people as security."

In July last year, Escobar Gaviria sent a letter to Netflix regarding the Narcos TV series and demanding $1 billion in payment for unauthorized usage of content.

A statement from Netflix on Mr Munoz's death read: "We are aware of the passing of Carlos Munoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family.

- INM



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