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Former 'American Idol' Contestant Facing Federal Drug Charges

14 February 2019

The indictment alleges Barba was delivering about 830 grams of fentanyl when she was arrested the morning of October 11, 2018.

Former "American Idol" contestant Antonella Barba was working as a courier for a major drug ring and was trying to deliver almost 2 pounds of the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl when she was arrested in Virginia past year, according to new reports.

Barba was originally arrested last October in Norfolk Virginia.

A former contestant on "American Idol" and "Fear Factor" is accused of distributing heroin.

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The indictment describes what appears to be a drug ring involving Barba, Justin Michael Isaac, Rawl Christopher Stennett and several other unnamed defendants in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

The indictment, which is heavily redacted, names two men as her alleged co-conspirators.

A detention hearing for Barba is set for Thursday in US District Court in Norfolk. On another occasion, Stennett allegedly gave a fellow conspirator around 15 pounds of cocaine.

Last week, she was indicted in a series of 11 federal charges.

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Now, the federal charges identified in the indictment carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.

In addition to this federal indictment, Barba is also facing charges in a felony marijuana case in Kansas.

File photo showing Antonella Barba attending Entertainment Weekly's Annual Must List Party at Gotham Hall, in New York City, on June 21, 2007.

A New Jersey native, Barba was an American Idol hopeful in the same season that saw Jordin Sparks crowned the eventual victor. She, along with many other former Idol stars, also participated in a "We Are the World" parody on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in May of a year ago.

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Former 'American Idol' Contestant Facing Federal Drug Charges