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Former ‘American Idol’ Contestant Antonella Barba Faces 10 Years in Prison for Delivering Fentanyl

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NEW YORK – MAY 19: Singer Antonella Barba poses on the red carpet at the Cherry Lane Music Publishing’s 50th Anniversary celebration at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn on May 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

*Former “American Idol” contestant Antonella Barba will likely spend at least a decade behind bars after pleading guilty to a drug charge in Virginia on Tuesday.

According to The Virginian-Pilot, the 32-year-old singer was busted last year with at least 400 grams of fentanyl with intent to distribute. The Jersey Shore native made it into the final 16 of the sixth season of American Idol in 2007.

Via The Associated Press:

Court documents state a man named Justin Michael Isaac was traveling to Virginia for a delivery in 2018, but he was recorded on the phone saying he was sending someone else.

Police staked out a Norfolk stash house and arrested Barba with nearly 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms) of fentanyl. She told police she’d arrived that day from Los Angeles.

Isaac faces trial in August on similar charges.

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Antonella denied the initial charges. She will be sentenced in November.

As noted by USA Today (via MSN), the guilty plea carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, according to a plea agreement filed in federal court.

Barba could face a life sentence and up to $10 million in fines, as well as asset forfeiture.

In December 2010, Antonella was arrested in New York City on charges of shoplifting gloves worth $18.81 from Urban Outfitters on Broadway, according to the New York Post. She was hit with two misdemeanor charges and sentenced a few months later to one day of community service.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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