Brothers ran ‘epic, mind-blowing’ cannabis ring – with farm in Scunthorpe

A cannabis farm in Scunthorpe was part of an “epic, mind-blowing” drug operation run by two brothers.

Sokol and Amarildo Rranci ran farms in rented properties across the East Midlands and Yorkshire. Police raided 13 properties linked to the brothers and found cannabis that could have netted them more than £800,000.

The actual value of the farms was likely to have been even higher, as the pair admitted that they were producing up to four crops a year, Nottingham Crown Court heard. Sokol Rranci was described as the “ringleader” of the operation, while his brother Amarildo, of Scunthorpe, was the “junior partner”, Nottinghamshire Live reports.


The court heard how the brothers used a “staggering” number of false names and fake documents, including false bank statements, in order to rent the properties, where cannabis was grown in multiple rooms on “an industrial scale”. Judge Steven Coupland said: “Between December 2019 and April 2020 you were involved in a conspiracy to produce cannabis on an epic scale.

“The scale of the operation was mind-blowing. Thirteen properties were used to grow cannabis and just a snapshot of that is that 1,400 plants were produced from just one crop. You admitted yourself that you would typically get four crops a year and that could be up to 8kg per crop.

“The potential value at a wholesale level was between £216,000 and £810,000 and that was just the value of the drugs recovered. The potential was far greater than that. On that basis I am entirely satisfied that this was drug production on an industrial scale.”

Along with the farm in Scunthorpe, the brothers were also linked to properties in Doncaster, Hull, Withernsea, Mansfield, Worksop and Barnsley. They were arrested in 2022 after police carried out a series of raids.

The brothers were charged with modern slavery offences but were found not guilty after a trial. Sokol Rranci was also found not guilty of a firearms offence.

Both men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis. Sokol Rranci also admitted possession of criminal property and possession of false identification documents.

Sokol Rranci, 28, of St Annes Drive, Worksop, had two young children, one of whom was born while he was in custody, the court heard. Both brothers had faced a “challenging” time in custody, the judge said.

Sokol was jailed for seven years. Amarildo Rranci, 30, formerly of Osmond Drive, Barnsley, and now of Ferry Road, Scunthorpe, was jailed for five years and three months. Other offenders involved in the conspiracy are to be sentenced at a later date.

Original artice: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/all-about/scunthorpe

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