Mounting bad luck doomed a would-be meth smuggler in Texas last year, the Houston Chronicle reports. Nineteen-year-old Houston resident Jose Trevino, who was sentenced to more than six years in prison yesterday, was desperate in August 2014. He had no job, no money, and a pregnant girlfriend when he decided to drive a Chevy Blazer with nearly 25 pounds of meth hidden in its fender into the US from Mexico. Unfortunately for Trevino, the Blazer's battery died at a Texas gas station on the return trip.
After trying to get the battery to start through sheer force of will, Trevino finally caved and asked a man sitting in a car nearby for a jump, the Chronicle reports. Doubly unfortunately for Trevino, the man he asked was an officer sitting in an unmarked police car—something Trevino probably realized when the officer got out of the car in full uniform. As Trevino continued to get more nervous and the Blazer continued to not start, the officer finally got suspicious enough call in a drug-sniffing dog, which found the meth. Trevino pleaded guilty to importing the drugs last November, according to a Department of Justice press release. Trevino did finally have one stroke of good luck: The judge gave him a more lenient sentence because of his young age.