Federal agents came for Eusavio Huitron one Tuesday morning last summer.
They swept through the rooms of his modest brick house, combing closets and cabinets, rousting his wife and children out of their beds. From his living room window across the street, Huitron’s brother watched a parade of authorities break the stillness of their Southeast Austin neighborhood.
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This story was constructed from testimony over four weeks of a federal trial in Austin, more than 300 pages of court records and transcripts, and interviews with Jesus Huitron, members of his family and his attorney, Brent Mayr.