Prosecutors claimed that no legitimate pain patient could possibly need the amount of medication Paey was taking. But once Paey was in prison, the state of Florida treated him with the same class of painkillers it put him in prison for possessing, and at the same or higher doses. "It became a comedy of bureaucracies," Paey told me in a 2007 interview. "One agency prosecutes me for taking too much medication... Then I get to prison, and the doctors examine my records and my medical history, and they decide that as doctors, they have to give me this medication... It raised a red flag in many peoples' minds that something strange was going on, here."