Rio Ferdinand restaurant in drugs scandal as police find 29 bags of cannabis

Police find 29 bags of cannabis hidden at Rio's restaurant

A chef from Rio Ferdinand's restaurant in Manchester has been cautioned after police said they discovered of 29 bags of cannabis in a staff locker.

The 55-year-old was cautioned by police after they went to the Manchester United defender's city centre Italian, Rosso.

Sources said that three officers arrived at the restaurant on Friday afternoon and searched the chef's locker following a raid on his house.

Rio Ferdinand's restaurant in Manchester City centre where a chef was arrested after drugs were found in his locker

Rio Ferdinand's restaurant in Manchester City centre where a chef was arrested after drugs were found in his locker

David Beckham was pictured leaving Rosso early last year after enjoying dinner with Gary Neville ahead of a Manchester derby

They may be football rivals, but in July Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott was pictured leaving Rosso

Football stars like former team-mate David Beckham (left) and Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott (right) have both been seen leaving Rosso

The junior chef was arrested on suspicion of possession
with intent to supply and he no longer works at Rosso.

Sources said that Ferdinand was unaware that the drugs had been stored at his restaurant and police went there to look for the chef with a warrant for his arrest.

The class C drugs were stashed in snap and seal bags in the locker and a source said the chef had left the restaurant before the search took place.

Day job: Ferdinand helped United beat Manchester rivals City on Sunday

Day job: Ferdinand helped United beat Manchester rivals City on Sunday

A police spokesman said: 'At 4.15pm on Friday 6 January 2012, police officers executed a search warrant at Rosso restaurant on Spring Gardens in Manchester city centre.

'As a result of the warrant, 29 snap bags of drugs believed to be cannabis were recovered from a locker in the staff area.

'As part of police inquiries, a 55-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of class B drugs with intent to supply and has been cautioned.'

Rosso is a popular haunt for Premier League footballers and celebrities alike.

Last year United went there to celebrate winning the Premier League title.