(Newsroom America) -- The charge against AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd of attempting to hire a hitman to procure murder has been dropped, but other serious charges remain.
New Zealand Police said a search warrant was executed in Tauranga yesterday resulting in Mr Rudd being charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis, threatening to kill and attempting to procure murder.
After a first appearance in court he was bailed to reappear on 27 November.
Police said in matters of this nature the Crown Solicitor then becomes responsible for the prosecution.
"Today the Crown reviewed the charges and made the decision to withdraw the charge of attempting to procure murder. Other charges remain before the court," said Police ina statement.
Police refused to comment further saying the matter was before the court.
Rudd is out on bail. He was kicked out of the band in the 1980s and rejoined AC/DC in 1993.
AC/DC said it only become aware of Phil Rudd's arrest in New Zealand as the news was breaking and it has no further comment.
"Phil's absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year," the band said on its Facebook page.