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Cuban stowaways take advantage of "Fast and Furious 8" cargo

Three Cubans were found in Florida port on a ship carrying "Fast and Furious 8" production equipment
15 May 2016 – 11:56 AM EDT
La Habana ha sido escenario en los últimos días de la producción de Hollywood Fast and Furious. Crédito: Adalberto Roque / Getty Images

Three Cubans were found hidden in a cargo ship from Cuba and carrying filming equipment used in the "Fast and Furious 8" movie which was partly filmed in Havana.

The three men worked as part of the production of the film, although their identities have not been revealed, according to Univison 23 TV station in Miami which cited Customs and Border Protection sources.

Local authorities confirmed that the three Cubans were discovered inside a cargo ship on arrival Friday afternoon to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.

The eighth installment of the "Fast and Furious" film franchise, starring Vin Diesel, wrapped up recording a few weeks ago in Havana and plans to shoot more scenes in the city of New York.

Cubans who reach dry land in the United States can claim legal residency under a so-called "wet foot-dry foot" policy enshroined in the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966.

More than 43,000 Cubans arrived in the country uring the last fiscal year (Oct 1, 2014 to Sept 30, 2015) representing an increase of 77% over the previous period, according to CBP.