Ex-‘American Idol’ contestant was drug courier

Antonella Barba

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Barba competed on the sixth season of "American Idol" in 2007.

According to a report, former "American Idol" contestant Antonella Barba was arrested in Virginia this past week and was charged with distributing heroin.

An attorney speaking on Barba's behalf after that arrest said she was innocent.

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

According to newly unsealed court documents, Antonella Barba - a singer who made it to the top 16 on the sixth season of American Idol in 2007 - was allegedly acting as a courier for a major drug ring when Virginia authorities arrested her almost four months ago with two pounds of fentanyl.

Barba's detention hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

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

The indictment cited by the Virginian-Pilot alleges that Barba was affiliated with a multi-member drug conspiracy active in the city of Hampton Roads. The group allegedly stored the drugs in a Norfolk apartment, and the documents list several drug deals occurring in late 2018.

Now an unsealed federal indictment shows the local drug dealing charges were dropped - and instead the singer is facing federal charges of distribution and conspiracy to distribute fentanyl! The new charges could result in even more hard time, with each count carrying a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The 32-year-old had been out on bond since her arrest but was taken back into custody on Monday to face the new charges.

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