Indictment: Ex-'American Idol' contestant was drug courier

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A recently unsealed court document says a former contestant on both "American Idol" and "Fear Factor" worked as a courier for a drug ring and was trying to deliver nearly 2 pounds (830 grams) of fentanyl when she was arrested last year.

The Virginian-Pilot reports 32-year-old Antonella Barba was back in custody Monday, following a federal indictment charging her with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin and fentanyl. Barba was originally arrested last October in Norfolk Virginia.

She was previously charged with shoplifting in New York and has a felony marijuana case pending in Kansas.

Barba, of New Jersey, reached the top 16 on "American Idol" in 2007, the year Jordin Sparks won. She competed on "Fear Factor" in 2012.

Her public defender didn't immediately respond to the newspaper's request for comment.

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NEW YORK - MAY 19: Singer Antonella Barba attends Cherry Lane Music Publishing's 50th Anniversary celebration at Brooklyn Bowl on May 19, 2010 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - MAY 19: Singer Antonella Barba poses on the red carpet at the Cherry Lane Music Publishing's 50th Anniversary celebration at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn on May 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
HOBOKEN, NJ - NOVEMBER 11: American Idol's Antonella Barba attends the opening of the 4th location of the Village Pourhouse on November 11, 2010 in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Photo by John W. Ferguson/Getty Images)
HOBOKEN, NJ - NOVEMBER 11: American Idol's Antonella Barba attends the opening of the 4th location of the Village Pourhouse on November 11, 2010 in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Photo by John W. Ferguson/Getty Images)
Antonella Barba attends the opening of the new Village Pourhouse on November 11, 2010 in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: (L-R) Singer Antonella Barba, Coco and Kim G of 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'attend Noel Ashman's New Year's Eve 2011 at Nuela on December 31, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Singer Antonella Barba attends Noel Ashman's New Year's Eve 2011 at Nuela on December 31, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Singer Antonella Barba attends New Year's Eve 2011 at Nuela on December 31, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)
VENICE, CA - JUNE 16: Singer Antonella Barba attends the Muscle Milk Fitness Retreat on June 16, 2011 in Venice Beach, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/WireImage)
Singer Antonella Barba attends the Muscle Milk Fitness Retreat on June 16, 2011 in Venice Beach, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/WireImage)
VENICE, CA - JUNE 17: Antonella Barba attends the Muscle Milk Fitness Retreat on June 17, 2011 in Venice, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: Antonella Barba attends 'American Idol' Season 11 Grand Finale Show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: Antonella Barba attends 'American Idol' Season 11 Grand Finale Show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 12: Antonella Barba attends Lenovo ThinkPad P Series launch party at Siggraph 2015 on August 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Lenovo)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 14: Antonella Barba sings the National Anthem before the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on April 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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