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Joel Head receives 12-year federal sentence in ecstasy ring

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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- The last of seven defendants in an ecstasy ring was sentenced to a dozen years in federal prison Thursday in Chattanooga.

Joel Head's sentencing followed a four-day trial in September for what federal prosecutors described in court documents as an ecstasy conspiracy designed by Head, Glenn Kamper and Jonathon St. Onge. Prosecutors alleged the trio sold the popular club drug in the Chattanooga area from October 2009 until they were arrested in January 2011.

But Head's attorney called the sentence a "travesty" and said prosecutors took the word of a "bald-faced liar" to build a case against his client and the other defendants.

Head, 37, was the only one of the seven to go to trial. A jury found him guilty of two counts in the six-count indictment -- conspiracy and ecstasy possession with intent to distribute.

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