As previously reported, Antonella Barba was arrested in October on drug charges.
Upon inital intel gathering, this crime seemed serious enough, as the former American Idol sensation was charged with a felony due to allegedly carrying over 100 grams of heroin.
But here's the thing:
It turns out the possible crime was actually far worse.
According to newly unsealed court documents, Barba is accused of acting as a courier for a major drug ring when Virginia authorities arrested her nearly four months ago with two pounds of fentanyl.
Yes, two pounds.
While that figure may not be very high when pounds are typically used to measure something... trust us.
That is simply a f-ck ton of fentanyl.
(Fentanyl is a pain reliever for which one needs a prescription for legal use; it can cause respiratory distress and death when taken in high doses or when combined with other substances, especially alcohol.
Prince, for example, died with high levels of fentanyl in his system.)
Barba was indicted last week on 11 federal charges, including:
- One count of conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl with the intent to distribute.
- 10 counts of distribution or possession of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl with the intent to distribute.
As of this writing, the ex-artist remains in police custody and will be held until at least Thursday, when she’s set to appear in court for a detention hearing.
Barba advanced to the Top 16 of American Idol in 2007.
She made headlines over a decade ago not just for her voice, but also because a bunch of explicit photos of the brunette emerged and circulated online while she battled for the title that eventually went to Jordin Sparks.
For example, Barba gained notoriety for posing in a wet t-shirt in the fountain of the World War II Memorial in D.C.
We aren't about to post these X-rated images here, but she also allegedly was snapped while she giving someone oral sex.
And it sounds like things haven't improved a ton for the New Jersey native.
The heavily-redacted indictment alleges that Barba was one of many members of a drug conspiracy that was active in Hampton Roads between late 2017 and the fall of 2018.
This document states that Barba was delivering approximately 830 grams of fentanyl when she was arrested the morning of October 11.
In 2012, Barba appeared on an episode of Fear Factor.
She, along with a multitude other former American Idol stars, also participated in a “We Are the World” parody on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in May of last year.
We hope she finds a way to turn her life around.