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Contractor Alan Gross marking five years in Cuban custody
Contractor Alan Gross marking five years in Cuban custody

Four times, Alan Gross traveled to Cuba, lugging with him Internet equipment to connect the island's small Jewish community to the outside world. And four times, he completed his trips to the Caribbean island nation without a problem. With each trip he made, the Potomac man became more concerned about his work, which defied the Cuban government's strict controls on the Internet. But at worst, he assumed, if he ran afoul of the Cuban authorities, he'd be held briefly before being kicked out of the country. But at the end of his fifth trip, in late 2009, police seized Gross. He was charged with crimes against the state, convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison....

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