Italian chef arrested over cannabis 'was testing new flavours’

Italian chef arrested over cannabis
# 28 September 2019 21:31 (UTC +04:00)

A Sicilian TV chef has been arrested on suspicion of drug dealing after police found cannabis at his home, APA reports citing BBC.

Carmelo Chiaramonte was caught in possession of two large marijuana plants and 1kg (35oz) of Indian hemp, police said.

Cannabis-infused wine, olives, coffee and tuna were also seized from his home near Catania in eastern Sicily.

The chef reportedly told police he was researching "new flavours".

Mr Chiaramonte described himself as an "agro-food consultant for third millennium cuisine", Italian newspaper La Sicilia reported.

The 50-year-old chef, who lives in the village of Trecastagni, at the foot of Mount Etna, has been released pending trial.