State v. Freeman
Supreme Court of Iowa
450 N.W.2d 826 (1990)
Robert Freeman (defendant) sold two grams of cocaine, a controlled substance, to Keith Hatcher for $200. Hatcher was working with law enforcement. The purported cocaine was in fact acetaminophen, which is not a controlled substance. Freeman was unaware of the true nature of the substance and believed it was cocaine. Freeman was convicted of delivering a simulated controlled substance represented to be cocaine under Iowa Code § 204.401(2). Freeman appealed his conviction on the ground that he could not be liable for delivering a simulated controlled substance if he believed he was delivering cocaine.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (McGiverin, C.J.)
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