One study says that the amount of overdose of deadly heroin in the country quadrupled from 2010 to 2015. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there were almost 13,000 deaths from heroin overdoses in 2015, compared to the more than 3,000 deaths that occurred in 2015. They happened five years earlier. . The center's investigation was based on death certificate data and did not examine whether the overdoses were intentional suicides or accidental deaths. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heroin has become more powerful and cheaper to buy, which may be causing more people to use it.
Antonella Barba, the only "American Idol" participant arrested in Norfolk, Virginia last week on charges of distributing heroin, will remain in jail for the time being.
Barba, 31, who lived in Point Pleasant during her idol career in 2007, was processed this morning through a video at Norfolk Circuit Court. She is being held at the Norfolk City Jail after a magistrate's office denied her bail after her arrest, authorities said.
Barba was arrested around 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the 500 block of Duke Street, a residential area on a tram line in downtown Norfolk. She was charged with possession of more than 100 grams of heroin with the intention of distributing it.
Antonella Barba at Point Pleasant Beach. (Photo: Doug Hood)
Under Virginia law, Barba faces up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 500,000 if convicted. The charge carries a minimum term of five years. To see a video about the opioid scourge, scroll up.
Her next court date is scheduled for October 22 for "attorney determination," a procedural hearing that officially informs the court of who represents her as a defense attorney, said Amanda Howie of the Office of the Prosecutor. of the Republic of Norfolk.
The arrest warrant for Barba indicates his height at 5 feet 4 inches, his weight is 105 pounds and his address in the 7000 block of West Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, in a mailbox packing and rental business.
The Jersey Shore native reached the final 16 of the sixth season of American Idol in 2007. That year was the second highest rating of the program during his career on Fox as one of the most successful television shows of all time, according to a previous report. Press report.
This was not Barba's first brush with the law.
In December 2010, she was arrested in New York City on charges of $ 18.81 theft from Urban Outfitters on Broadway near West Houston Street, according to the New York Post. She filed two charges for misdemeanors and was sentenced a few months later to one day of community service, the Post reported.
In recent years, Barba has played the National Anthem in the Los Angeles Dodgers games. She appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on May 21 with other American Idol students in a segment called "Where are they now?" who falsified the 1985 song "We are the world".
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