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Former ’Idols’ hopeful begins jail term for smuggling cocaine from Brazil

One-time Idols hopeful Ibrahim Cook. PICTURE: GCINA NDWALANE

One-time Idols hopeful Ibrahim Cook. PICTURE: GCINA NDWALANE

Published Oct 5, 2021


DURBAN: Ibrahim Cook, an ex-Idols hopeful was this week sentenced to 10 years behind bars for dealing in drugs.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mlhongo said Cook was arrested at King Shaka International Airport in Durban on December 10, 2014.

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The Mercury reported that shortly after his arrest, Cook told the court he wanted to apologise.

The newspaper reported Cook had auditioned twice for Idols that year and had won a “golden ticket”. He did not make it to the later stages of the competition but was described as the “most cheerful contestant”.

Mhlongo said Cook was travelling from Sao Paulo in Brazil when he was found in possession of 1kg of cocaine powder with a street value of approximately R300 000.

He said Cook had made several court appearances until his conviction and sentencing.


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