American Idol season 6 Top 16 contestant Antonella Barba is in big trouble. Originally charged in Norfolk General District Court in Virginia on drug charges, Antonella now faces federal charges over conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin and fentanyl.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, Antonella “was working as a courier for a large scale drug ring last year when she was arrested in Norfolk, according to a court document unsealed Monday.” According to the document, she was attempting to deliver almost two pounds of fentanyl.
While out of jail on bond awaiting trial in state court, Antonella was taken back into custody Monday on the federal indictment. A detention hearing is set for Thursday (Feb 14) in U.S. District Court in Norfolk.
According to the indictment, Barba — who has a felony marijuana case pending in Kansas — was one of several members of a drug conspiracy that was active in Hampton Roads from at least late 2017 through the fall of 2018. Many of her co-defendants are not in federal custody and large sections of the indictment remain redacted.
In addition to Barba, the indictment names Justin Michael Isaac and Rawl Christopher Stennett, a man court documents link to three social security numbers and three dates of birth.
The indictment indicates an unnamed member of the conspiracy used an apartment on Granby Street in September 2017 to store cocaine, heroin and cash. It also outlines several small drug sales over the next year in Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
According to NewJerseyOnline, If convicted, Antonella “faces a minimum of five years, and up to 40 years, in prison, with a $500,000 fine.”
Antonella was seen fairly recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The comedian brought her and other American Idol “losers” on his show in 2018 for a “Where Are They Now?” segment which coincided with the first American Idol finale on ABC.