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Feds: Former 'American Idol' contestant part of cocaine, fentanyl, heroin operation

A federal indictment said Antonella Barba, who appeared on the show "American Idol," worked with others to sell drugs throughout Hampton Roads.

NORFOLK, Va. — Investigators said that former American Idol contestant Antonella Barba ran fentanyl as part of a drug operation in Hampton Roads.

A federal indictment listed Barba and two co-defendants by name. The court redacted the name of at least one other person whom prosecutors said was involved in the operation.

Those whose names appeared were Rawl Stennett and Justin Isaac. Isaac also went by the name of "Cali."

Credit: Western Tidewater Regional Jail
Rawl Stennett is one of Antonella Barba's co-defendants in a federal drug case. The group is accused of selling cocaine, fentanyl, and heroin in Hampton Roads.

The paperwork said someone used an apartment on Granby Street in Norfolk to store cocaine, heroin, and money.

Isaac supposedly told Barba on October 11, 2018 to make a fentanyl delivery. The weight of the drug was 830.8 grams, which equals almost two pounds. The indictment said Barba tried to make the delivery in Norfolk on that same date.

Barba was arrested in October. She entered a not guilty plea then.

Besides Norfolk, other Hampton Roads cities in which the criminal activity was supposed to have taken place were Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach.

Barba was scheduled to appear in federal court for a detention hearing on February 14

Barba, who originally is from New Jersey, competed during Season 6 of American Idol when the television show ran on FOX. Barba made the Top 16. Ultimately, Jordin Sparks won that season.