Fourth Circuit - Drug Offenses

United States v. Freeman, 992 F.3d 268 (4th Cir. 2021). In a hydrocodone and oxycodone trafficking case, defense counsel provided ineffective assistance by failing to raise meritorious objections to drug weight, an obstruction-of-justice enhancement, and a denial of acceptance-of-responsibility reduction. The resulting 210-month sentence was also substantively unreasonable “[b]ased on the disparity between [the defendant’s] sentence and those of similar defendants, and on the overwhelming record evidence of [the defendant’s] addiction to opioids.”

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