A Thai woman who died after jumping out of the boot of a car while bound and gagged has had drug charges against her formally dropped.
Jindarat Prutsiriporn, 50, was rushed to hospital after the incident on March 1 when she escaped from the boot of a moving car in Papatoetoe.
She died the following day.
The Herald revealed Prutsiriporn, known as "Nui", was on bail at the time of her death, facing four charges related to methamphetamine and cannabis.
She first appeared in court on December 8 charged with possessing methamphetamine and a glass pipe with which to smoke it, and was remanded on bail to a Manurewa address.
However, Prutsiriporn - whose occupation was listed as "waiter" - was nabbed by police again on January 6 and charged with possessing cannabis and again possessing a P pipe.
She was bailed again, this time to a Waterview address, and ordered to stay away from drugs.
The last time Prutsiriporn appeared before Auckland District Court was on February 12.
The case was due to be called in court again next week but that hearing was brought forward to today.
Judge David Harvey withdrew the charges at the police's request.
Police confirmed their suspicions the woman's death was linked to organised crime but have yet to make an arrest.
A spokeswoman today said there was no update on their investigation.
Prutsiriporn had been locked up for two and a half years in 2011 after pleading guilty to conspiring to import the methamphetamine precursor pseudoephedrine as well as other drug offences.
The charges stemmed from a search of a Hawkes Bay property in November 2009 that uncovered more than 70g of methamphetamine and quantities of cannabis.
A friend of Prutsiriporn said she had financial troubles at the time of her death.
"She owed people a lot of money, and for a while her family did not want anything to do with her," the friend said.
"Her family is in the Thai restaurant business and know she had a big problem with drugs, but they just didn't know how to help her."
Another friend, who spoke anonymously, said she had a "good heart".
"Her world got the better of her ... no one deserves this but at least she is at peace."