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Secret bunker near village where drugs gang planned to store tonnes of cannabis

A drugs gang built an intricate hidden cave on a Welsh beach to store their illicit gains.

The ring was headed by Soeren Berger-Arnback, a Danish millionaire. It dug the bunker in a remote spot on the coast between Moylgrove and Dinas Cross.

Police became suspicious when a few men started arriving in the area and offered bizarre explanations.

During their investigation of Ceibwr Bay they discovered a watertight passage and a hidden cave with wooden beams, fibreglass, and beams.

Shortly afterwards, they spotted a hiker in the area who ditched his rucksack and ran into a nearby field, Wales Online reports.



Officials remove stones after discovering the bunker
Police officers found a watertight hatch and a hidden cave during an investigation of the beach

It contained a high-powered radio which was being used as part of a huge drug smuggling operation run by Berg-Arnback.

His ability to alter his appearance had allowed him to escape capture after he had been on the loose for over 11 years.

In his native Denmark, journalists had given him the nickname “the man with the rubber face”.



Soeren Berg-Arnback
Soeren Berg-Arnback was running a huge drug smuggling operation

The cave, as it turned out, had been secretly created with the intention of housing tonnes of cannabis worth millions of pounds.

In 1984, members of the drug ring were sentenced to jail, including Berg-Arnback. He was known as Sam Spangaard while he lived among the west Wales locals.

BBC journalist Bob Humphrys was in Swansea Crown Court during the summer 1984 when Berg-Arnback went to prison.

He wrote in autobiography Not a Proper Journalist: “As the Danish drug smuggler yawned and studied his nail at the mild inconvenience of a couple of years free board and lodging courtesy of Her Majesty before hopping back to his private island and swollen bank account, we knew we had a humdinger of a television documentary in prospect – the story of a gang who’d quarried a huge hole in Seal Bay, a remote west Wales cove, with the intention of filling it with three tonnes of cannabis valued, at early eighties prices, at around six million pounds.



The bunker was constructed between the villages of Dinas Cross and Moylgrove in Pembrokeshire
The bunker was constructed between the villages of Dinas Cross and Moylgrove in Pembrokeshire

“Sadly, however, they hadn’t factored in that in Wales you could dig an undercover silo with all the secrecy of a base for extra-terrestrials in New Mexico and there’d still be someone who’d stumble on it with a muttered ‘what’s this by ere, then?’”

Berg-Arnback was sentenced to eight years behind bars for conspiring to smuggle drugs into west Wales, and his whereabouts since his release are something of a mystery.

Wales has a long history of pirates and drug smuggling over numerous centuries – its long coastline making a popular spot for criminals to bring things ashore.

Secret bunker near village where drugs gang planned to store tonnes of cannabis
Anurag Reddy
I'm a 29-year-old travel enthusiast, travel and nature photographer, Computer Science graduate, and Mass Communication student. I have seen different shades of life through traveling and lived different lives through reading. With every word I write, I travel within, and I understand myself better. Writing helps me discover myself, and that paved roads for me to choose writing as a profession.
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