Antonella Barba, 32, was indicted on Monday on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin and fentanyl.
(Norfolk Sheriff’s Office)
A former “American Idol” contestant who was arrested on drug charges allegedly tried to deliver almost two kilos of fentanyl, the officials said.
Antonella Barba, 32, was arrested in October in Norfolk, Va., for allegedly distributing more than 100 grams of heroin. She denied the allegations.
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Barba was initially charged in Norfolk General district Court, but she is now faced with a federal indictment on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl, the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported.
On Oct. 11, when Barba was arrested, she was allegedly led by a co-conspirator to transport about 830 grams, or in the neighborhood of two pounds, fentanyl, to someone.
She was free on a $50,000 – guaranteed bonds since Oct. 27, but was taken into federal custody Monday, the Asbury Park Press of New Jersey reported.
Antonella Barba sings the national anthem for a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, on April 14, 2017. (Getty Images)
Barba, originally from New Jersey, reached the top 16 on “American Idol” in 2017, and competed on the “Fear Factor” in 2012. She appeared in 2018 on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for a segment with other “Idol” alums with the title “Where Are They Now?”
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Barba’s arrest was one of the latest controversies for the aspiring singer, who also has a misdemeanor marijuana case pending in Kansas, according to the Virginian-Pilot.
She was arrested for shoplifting in New York in 2011, and also attracted the impact in 2007 for posing in a wet T-shirt in the near World War II Memorial in Washington, D. C.
Fox News’ Dom Calicchio and the Associated Press contributed to this report.