Former American Idol contestant who tried to deliver nearly 2 pounds of fentanyl in Norfolk gets sentenced


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A former American Idol contestant arrested in Norfolk with nearly 2 pounds of fentanyl will spend nearly 4 years in prison.

Antonella Barba, who made the top 12 during the show’s sixth season in 2007, was sentenced to 3 years and 9 months in prison on Thursday in Norfolk District Court.

The 32-year-old was arrested on Duke Street in October of 2018 after police found more than 800 grams of fentanyl in a shoebox in her rental car, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Police had staked out a suspected stash house.

She pleaded guilty to the federal charge of possessing with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl earlier this year.

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