Former American Idol Contestant Antonella Barba Charged with Heroin Distribution
Antonella Barba, of “American Idol” fame, was arrested for heroin distribution of more than 100 grams on Thursday morning in Virginia, sources say. The 31-year-old was booked into the Norfolk City Jail without bond; she will appear in court Monday morning. It is not yet known whether Ms. Barba has retained legal representation.
According to news sources, Barba was apprehended at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday in Norfolk, VA. The details of her arrest, including whether any other suspects were involved, are not currently available. She does not appear to have a criminal record, and she is reportedly cooperating with authorities.
Barba appeared on the popular TV show “American Idol” in 2006, when the show was in its sixth season. She made it past several rounds of cuts into the top 16 contestants of the season. After her elimination from the competition, she got a bachelor’s degree in architecture, became a UNICEF ambassador, and pursued a career in music, sources indicate. It is not clear how she purportedly became involved in heroin distribution.
A first offense in heroin distribution of more than 100 grams carries a penalty of 5 to 40 years in prison. If you’re facing this or another drug charge, enlist the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately.
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