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 footballer'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
Football stars like former teammate David Beckham (left) and rival 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.
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.
Rio Ferdinand, defender for Manchester United and England, is not believed to have known about the drugs being kept at his restaurant
'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 the Manchester United team went there to celebrate their win of the title with pictures tweeted from inside the restaurant.
Earlier the same year, David Beckham and Gary Neville were spotted leaving after having shared a dinner.
Coronation Street's Brooke Vincent was also spotted there last year when she celebrated her 19th birthday.
On it's opening night in 2009, it was revealed that Ferdinand had spent £18,000 on renting parking bays for luxury cars.
The event was held over four days with 15 bays kept for exclusive use of the restaurant.
In 2010 it was alleged that Wayne Rooney had propositioned a 20-year-old woman during a private dinner at the restaurant at the height of the furore over his cheating on wife, Coleen, with a prostitute.
Coleen Rooney had dinner at Rosso during a girly night out in November while Ferdinand led celebrations after Manchester United won the Premier League
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