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Former 'American Idol' Contestant Facing Federal Drug Charges

Former 'American Idol' Contestant Facing Federal Drug Charges

Barba was arrested in October 2018 in Norfolk, Va., for "unlawfully, knowingly, and intentionally" possessing 100 grams of heroin with the intent to sell it. She pleaded not guilty to that charge. The unsealed indictment revealed the 32-year-old has been charged with attempting to distribute cocaine, heroin, and two pounds of fentanyl. The newspaper says she returned to custody on Monday pending a hearing on February 14 in U.S. District Court in Norfolk.

The indictment alleges Barba, who now lives in Los Angeles, was one of several members of a drug conspiracy that was active in Hampton Roads between late 2017 and the fall of 2018.

Several alleged co-conspirators are identified in the indictment, which contains details of acts of possession and distribution of controlled substances.

But the aspiring singer was taken into custody on Monday, Feb. 11, according to the Virginian-Pilot, on a federal indictment charging her with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl.

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Barba, who is best known for making it just shy of the top 12 round on "American Idol" in 2007, drew backlash that year for posing in a wet T-shirt near the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.

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

After Idol, Barba returned to college and earned her architecture degree. Between 2009 and 2015, Barba released eight singles and competed in an episode of "Fear Factor" in 2008. She, along with many other former Idol stars, also participated in a "We Are the World" parody on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in May of previous year.