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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.

Danish millionaire Soeren Berg-Arnback ran the ring, which dug out the bunker on a secluded spot of coastline between the villages of Dinas Cross and Moylgrove in Pembrokeshire.

In the summer of 1983, police became suspicious after a number of men began arriving in the area, offering outlandish explanations for the trips.

During an investigation of Ceibwr Bay, they found a watertight hatch and a hidden cave, fitted with wooden beams and fibreglass.

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

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

He had been on the run for 11 years, and had managed to evade capture due to his ability to change his appearance.

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

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

Members of the drug ring were jailed in 1984, including Berg-Arnback, who was using the name Sam Spangaard during his brief period of living amongst the locals of west Wales.

BBC journalist Bob Humphrys was at Swansea Crown Court in the summer of 1984 when Berg-Arnback was sent 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.

“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.

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