Ellis wanted pills that were 'smooth on come-down'

Sportsman-turned-television star Marc Ellis asked a man selling Ecstasy tablets whether they were "smooth on the come-down" like the ones he had "the other night", police documents show.

The documents, prepared by police for the so-called celebrity drugs case, also show former league star and television personality Brent Todd put a woman in touch with a man who could supply the Class A drug cocaine, and arranged for a friend to buy cannabis from the man who is currently facing charges.

Ellis was last month convicted and fined for possessing the Class B drug for his part in the drug ring.

Police are expected to issue an arrest warrant against Todd but he has not been formally charged because he is still in Australia. Police had no plans to extradite him because the charges were not serious enough, Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Osbourne said last week.

The police documents show that on June 25 when Ellis and a friend went to buy Ecstasy, the unidentified man who sold them the drug said the tablets were "beautiful".

Ellis asked if they were the same ones "as the other night" that were "smooth on the come down" - a reference to the after-effects of Ecstasy which can act as a depressant after an initial high.

The pair agreed to buy 10 tablets because, Ellis said, two female friends at the 60th birthday party they were going to, "Carla" and "Nicky", would both want one.

Ellis, a former All Black and regular performer on television shows Sports Cafe and Game of Two Halves, resigned from the board of juice company Charlie's after his conviction in the Auckland District Court where he was fined $300 and ordered to pay court costs of $130.

Ellis later apologised to his parents, family, friends and supporters, saying he made an error of judgment.

He still appears on television.

In June this year, former league player Todd, a regular guest on television's Celebrity Treasure Island, rang an unnamed man to ask if a friend who was coming to Auckland could buy some cannabis.

Later in the day, the unnamed man phoned Todd, telling him he had the "file" for Todd's friend and the pair arrived at the man's apartment that evening. Todd declined to buy any himself, saying he would take a small amount of his friend's supply if he wanted a "smoke" later.

The documents show police have video footage of Todd introducing a female friend to the man who supplied the woman with an unknown quantity of cocaine.

Todd later rang the man and thanked him.

Todd asked the court earlier this year to lift his name suppression after speculation over who was involved in the drugs case. He stated publicly that he had not bought, sold or supplied prohibited drugs.

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