According to a report from Page Six, Antonella Barba, 32, formerly a contestant on American Idol, was caught with approximately 2 pounds of fentanyl and was subsequently charged with drug possession claims the court records.
The 32-year-old who hails from Point Pleasant, New Jersey, pled guilty to possessing with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl. Ironically, Antonella reached the top 16 of the sixth season of American Idol.
Federal prosecutors busted Antonella among a group of people who were smuggling narcotics. Antonella was acting as the courier in October 2018. Reportedly, in relation to the most recent incident, the singer was stopped by a police officer while parked in a rented car, and she had a shoebox on the passenger seat, which authorities later discovered had a very large amount of a “rock-like substance.”
Antonella faces sentencing in November of this year and is looking at around 10 years to life in prison. Prosecutors, however, have requested a much easier sentence as long as Barba continues to cooperate with the authorities.
According to the reality star’s Wikipedia page, after getting to the top 16 and losing, Barba went back to the Catholic University of America to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. She worked as a spokesperson for Electionmall before going on to pursue a career in music.
For years, she released music on her YouTube and SoundCloud accounts, and also sang for the Los Angeles rock band, LA-eX, which had two Crazy Town members. Moreover, she secured minor gigs in short films, appeared on Fear Factor, and also had a small role in the 2017 film, All About The Money.
Nine years ago in December of 2010, Antonella was busted with two misdemeanors for shoplifting for which she was given community service. Arrested in October 2018, in Norfolk, Virginia, she was detained by authorities for having in her possession 100 grams of heroin.
Another star booked on drug possession charges was the former Mets player, Dwight Gooden, although, his case was for possession and not for distributing large quantities as part of a drug ring.