Ex-‘American Idol’ contestant was drug courier

Joann Johnston
February 14, 2019

Things are only getting worse for Antonella Barba.

The 32-year-old was taken into custody again on Monday, Feb. 11, The Virginian-Pilot reports.

The controversial American Idol contestant was arrested back in October on heroin-related charges, but details at the time were sketchy.

Barba's detention hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

The indictment, which is heavily redacted, names two men as her alleged co-conspirators.

On the day of Barba's arrest by Norfolk police on October 11, 2018, an individual identified in the indictment as Justin Michael Isaac allegedly directed her to deliver to a co-conspirator about 830 grams of fentanyl.

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In the indictment, authorities allege illicit narcotics were stored by the drug ring at an apartment in Norfolk. On another occasion, Stennett allegedly gave a fellow conspirator around 15 pounds of cocaine.

Barba, who is best known for making it just shy of the top 12 round on "American Idol" in 2007, drew backlash that year for posing in a wet T-shirt near the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.

Barba, who also 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, the newspaper reported. Because of that, she was hit with a felony charge and is now being held without bail. The new charges could result in even more hard time, with each count carrying a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Her film credits include being cast in the 2017 movie "All About the Money".

Records cited by Fox also indicate Barba was arrested in New York City in 2011 for shoplifting.

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