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Ellis guilty of ecstasy possession
date: 26-August-2005
source : TVNZ
country: NEW ZEALAND
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Why do people have to pretend they have made a mistake? The mistake is the law, and nothing else.

Television personality Marc Ellis has pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing the drug ecstasy.

The former rugby and league player has been convicted and fined $300 as well as court costs, for having five tablets of the Class B drug.

Outside the Auckland District Court after being convicted, Ellis apologised for what he had done.

"I'd like to apologise to my parents, my family, my friend and supporters. I made an error of judgement on an evening of which i'm paying the price and I'm genuinely sorry," Ellis said.

His conviction comes after an investigation into what the police describe as a white collar drug ring involving high profile businessmen.

For Touchdown Productions, which makes the programme Ellis is currently starring in, this is a double headache.

Two weeks ago former league player Brent Todd, who also starred in a Touchdown programme, denied his alleged involvement in the drug ring.

Ellis boss from TV2 programme Sportscafe Ric Salizzo says he believes Ellis has paid his price through the court.

He says he is disappointed in Ellis, but expects him to appear on their next TV show.

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