Former ‘American Idol’ contestant faces federal charges for heroin, cocaine distribution


Antonella Maria Barba

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NORFOLK, Va. – Former “American Idol” contestant Antonella Maria Barba faces federal drug charges that originate from Norfolk, WTKR reports.

Barba was in Norfolk General District Court on Monday, where her local charges of manufacture controlled substance were nolle prossed.

On that same day, she was indicted on federal charges that include conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin.

The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office reported that she was charged with heroin distribution of 100 grams or more.

Barba was on the sixth season of “American Idol” in 2007 where she placed in the top 16.

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