Mumbai: The Mumbai Zonal Unit of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested a 24-year-old man from Andheri on Friday for suspected possession of 56 pills of MDMA (methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) commonly known as ecstasy. In another operation, several contraband substances were seized by NCB in Goa last night.

According to officials, acting on specific information, NCB officials apprehended a man named Irfan Ansari at Lokhandwala circle in Andheri on Friday at midnight and recovered 56 MDMA pills from him. MDMA is a mood-altering party drug, and is chemically similar to both stimulants and hallucinogens and produces feelings of increased energy and pleasure.

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In the second operation, NCB officials raided the Negi Cafe on Arambol Beach in north Goa on Friday and seized 58 grams of amphetamine and 15 spots of LSD in commercial quantities, as well as cocaine, mephedrone, heroin and MDMA in intermediate amounts. As a result of the raid, cafe warden Ranbir Singh was arrested and a summons issued to the cafe owner for further investigation.

Officials say the drug syndicate was headed by a Nigerian national named Mustafa aka Tiger, a notorious drug trafficker in the North Goa region. He was directing his drug trade from Negi Café and efforts are underway to catch him, officials said.