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Former American Idol contestant sentenced on drug charges

A 32-year-old singer and former reality television star has been sentenced to 45 months in a federal prison for possessing fentanyl and possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute. The sentence was announced on Nov. 21 by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Antonella Barba is best known for being among the final 16 contestants on the hit talent show 'American Idol." The New Jersey resident admitted in July to possessing 400 or more grams of the opioid.

Virginia drugs investigation leads to more than 100 indictments

A major narcotics investigation has led to the indictment of 74 individuals who authorities believe are members of a drug and weapons trafficking organization that distributed illegal firearms and significant quantities of methamphetamine throughout southwest Virginia. Police believe that the organization's reach stretched from bases in Mouth of Wilson and Whitetop in Grayson County to parts of Smyth, Roanoke and Washington counties in Virginia and Alleghany and Ashe counties in North Carolina.

Virginia overdose death prompts narcotics investigation

The 2017 death of a 22-year-old Virginia resident from a fentanyl overdose prompted a narcotics investigation that led to the discovery and seizure of heroin worth $35,000 and the indictment of 16 suspects, according to a press release from the Amherst County Sheriff's Office. Law enforcement has apprehended 12 of the suspects and is actively searching for the other four. The ACSO was assisted in what was named "Operation Ghost Raptor" by the Virginia State Police, the Lynchburg Police Department and the Campbell and Appomattox County Sheriff's Offices. The investigation is said to be ongoing.

Virginia narcotics investigation leads to 9 arrests

A narcotics investigation in Virginia dubbed 'Operation Trap Door" resulted in the apprehension of nine suspects and the seizure of illegal drugs worth about $2.1 million. The Virginia State Police announced the arrests and seizures during an Oct. 16 press conference held at the New River Criminal Justice Training Academy in Dublin. The VSP were assisted in the investigation by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Police find 580 pounds of marijuana in van

Virginia State Police troopers took two men into custody on the morning of Oct. 15 after discovering almost 600 pounds of marijuana in the van they were traveling in. The 26-year-old driver of the van and his unidentified male passenger have been charged with drug possession and drug possession with the intent to distribute. A VSP representative said that the drug seizure could be the largest ever recorded in the area.

Virginia man sentenced on federal drug charges

A 24-year-old Virginia man has been sentenced to more than seven years in a federal prison for dealing heroin and cocaine in the Hampton Roads area. The sentence was handed down in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Oct. 3. A jury found the man guilty of possession of narcotics with the intention to distribute in May.

3 Virginia men accused of drug trafficking

A tip from the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force to the Waynesboro Police Department resulted in a SWAT team raid at a home on James Avenue. Law enforcement had obtained a search warrant for the location where police believed that a man wanted for a parole violation was residing. Officers arrested three men at the location and seized drugs and firearms.

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