Wednesday, 13 November, 2019

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

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Adrian Cunningham | 14 February, 2019, 02:59

When the New Jersey native appeared on Idol in 2007, she won viewers' hearts with her performance of Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" and Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me".

According to a report, former "American Idol" contestant Antonella Barba was arrested in Virginia this past week and was charged with distributing heroin. Her attorney said at the time that Barba was unaware the drug was in her rented vehicle.

She faced up to 40 years in prison for the drug-related charges from her October arrest, USA Today reported.

Former "American Idol" contestant Antonella Barba is facing federal charges after allegedly working as a courier for a drug ring past year, according to court documents.

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. She competed on "Fear Factor" in 2012.

Barba's detention hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

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Barba is named as one of the members of a drug conspiracy that operated from late 2017 through 2018.

In the indictment, authorities allege illicit narcotics were stored by the drug ring at an apartment in Norfolk.

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

It was unclear Wednesday if Barba had entered pleas to the new charges she faces.

Barba also made an appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" for a 2018 segment featuring other former "Idol" contestants titled "Where Are They Now?"