At the age of 18, shortly after being released from a juvenile detention facility, Trejo was sent back into lock-up for two years following an incident at a drive-in theater where he stabbed a sailor with a broken bottle. Reflecting back on the events, Trejo admitted that he was "loaded."

"Alcohol made me real violent, really really violent," Trejo told Sabotage Times. "But still, you start realising that it’s not the drug, it’s the person. If you’re a bad drunk, you take away the drunk and you’re still bad. I had to find God, I had to find remorse, I had to find all these feelings that normal people had."