Indictment: Ex-'American Idol' contestant, New Jersey native was courier for drug ring

A recently unsealed court document says a former contestant on both "American Idol" and "Fear Factor" worked as a courier for a drug ring and was trying to deliver nearly two pounds (830 grams) of fentanyl last year when she was arrested.

News 12 Staff

Feb 14, 2019, 11:56 AM

Updated 1,931 days ago

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Indictment: Ex-'American Idol' contestant, New Jersey native was courier for drug ring
A recently unsealed court document says a former contestant on both "American Idol" and "Fear Factor" worked as a courier for a drug ring and was trying to deliver nearly two pounds (830 grams) of fentanyl last year when she was arrested.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, Point Pleasant native Antonella Barba, 32, was back in custody Monday, following a federal indictment charging her with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin and fentanyl.
Barba was originally arrested last October in Norfolk, Virginia.
She was previously charged with shoplifting in New York and has a felony marijuana case pending in Kansas.
Barba reached the top 16 on "American Idol" in 2007, the year Jordin Sparks won.
She also competed on "Fear Factor" in 2012.
Her public defender didn't immediately respond to the newspaper's request for comment.
AP wire services helped contribute to this report.


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