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Ex-‘American Idol’ contestant admits to delivering fentanyl

Antonella Barba
Antonella Barba in Los Angeles in 2015.
(Rachel Murray / Getty Images for Lenovo)

A New Jersey woman who once appeared on reality television shows “American Idol” and “Fear Factor” has pleaded guilty to a drug charge in Virginia and could face 10 years in prison.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that 32-year-old Antonella Barba pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to distribute a synthetic opioid. She will be sentenced in November.

Court documents state that a man named Justin Michael Isaac was traveling to Virginia for a delivery in 2018, but he was recorded on the phone saying he was sending someone else.

Police staked out a Norfolk stash house and arrested Barba with nearly 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms) of fentanyl. She told police she’d arrived that day from Los Angeles.

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Isaac faces trial in August on similar charges.

Barba appeared on “American Idol” in 2007.


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