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Former ‘American Idol’ Contestant Gets Almost Four Years in Prison

Nov 21, 2019  •  Post A Comment

A woman who was a contestant on “American Idol” was sentenced to three years and nine months in federal prison for carrying almost 2 pounds of fentanyl. The AP cites federal authorities in Virginia saying Antonella Barba, 32, of New Jersey received the sentence after she pleaded guilty in July to possessing with intent to distribute more than 400 grams of the synthetic opioid.

The report notes that fentanyl can be stronger and more lethal than heroin.

Barba appeared on the reality competition programs “American Idol” and “Fear Factor.” She tried out for the sixth season of “Idol” when she was 19, and eventually was eliminated from the show after making the top 16.

“The investigation that led to her arrest began when police heard someone was going to deliver a large amount of fentanyl in the city of Norfolk,” the AP reports. “Police staked out a stash house and arrested Barba. She had arrived from Los Angeles that day.”

Below is a clip of Barba’s audition tape for “American Idol” …

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