'American Idol' Alum Antonella Barba Indicted for Allegedly Smuggling Drugs

Article Image Update Former'American Idol Contestant Facing Federal Drug Charges

Article Image Update Former'American Idol Contestant Facing Federal Drug Charges

According to the government's case, Barba was not distributing drugs on her own but part of a criminal conspiracy active in Hampton Roads, Virginia from 2017-2018.

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

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

Barba, 32, was indicted last week on 11 federal charges, including one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl with the intent to distribute and 10 counts of distribution or possession of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl with the intent to distribute.

On the day of Barba's arrest by Norfolk police on October 11, 2018, an individual identified in the indictment as Justin Michael Isaac allegedly directed her to deliver to a co-conspirator about 830 grams of fentanyl. The group allegedly stored the drugs in a Norfolk apartment, and the documents list several drug deals occurring in late 2018. On another occasion, Stennett allegedly gave a fellow conspirator around 15 pounds of cocaine.

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Barba, of New Jersey, reached the top 16 on "American Idol" in 2007, the year Jordin Sparks won.

She previously has been charged in NY with shoplifting. Between 2009 and 2015, Barba released eight singles and competed in an episode of "Fear Factor" in 2008.

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

Last year, comedian Jimmy Kimmel brought her on his show for a "Where Are They Now?" segment alongside other "Idol" contestants.

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