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Ex-‘American Idol’ contestant admits to delivering fentanyl

July 31, 2019
FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2010, file photo, Antonella Barba arrives to the 10th Anniversary of TAO restaurant in New York. Barba, 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. Barba pleaded guilty Tuesday, July 30, 2019 to conspiracy to distribute a synthetic opioid. She will be sentenced in November. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2010, file photo, Antonella Barba arrives to the 10th Anniversary of TAO restaurant in New York. Barba, 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. Barba pleaded guilty Tuesday, July 30, 2019 to conspiracy to distribute a synthetic opioid. She will be sentenced in November. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — 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 32-year-old Antonella Barba pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to distribute a synthetic opioid. She will be sentenced in November.

Court documents state 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.

Isaac faces trial in August on similar charges.

Barba appeared on American Idol in 2007.

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