The US Attorney’s Office in Eastern District of Virginia announced that, Antonella Maria Barba, the former American Idol has was sentenced to 45 months in prison for possession of fentanyl drug and intended to distribute 400 grams or more of the substance. Fentanyl according to the CDC is a potent synthetic opioid which the police have been seizing a lot of it of recent.

The 32 years old Antonella Barba, who had pleaded guilty in to the charges in June was sentence today to 45 months imprisonment for drug possession.

She was sitting in a rental car in Norfolk, New Jersey when law enforcement approached her vehicle. A drug dog raised an alert on the vehicle, which made a canine officer to proceed to search the car. On the passenger side floor of the car, the officer found a closed shoebox in plain sight and, upon opening it, found a back of a “rock-like white substance” which would later be determined to be 830.9 grams of fentanyl, the attorney’s office says.

Barba was a contestant in the sixth season of American Idol which aired in 2007, but was eliminated early in the competition after singing songs by Aerosmith and Celine Dion. The singer and actress Jordin Sparks won that season. Barba’s appearance on the show – ‘’American Idol’’ was flawed with controversy. According to Reuters, after a number of semi-nude photos were posted online, even though she said they were shared without her consent.