AC DC drummer Phil Rudd has been arrested and charged in connection to an alleged murder plot in New Zealand.

The Australian rocker, 60, was taken into custody on Thursday morning (06Nov14) after local police raided his house in Taraunga.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, police have accused Rudd of allegedly attempting to have two as-yet-unidentified men killed, and the rocker was subsequently charged with attempting to procure a murder.

The musician was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis as a result of the raid.

Rudd appeared in Tauranga District Court on Thursday afternoon and was ordered to have no contact with the man he allegedly tried to hire. He was later released on bail.

Rudd first joined Ac Dc in 1975 but he was kicked out of the group in 1983. He returned in 1994 and has been with the band ever since. However, he did not feature in a recent promotional picture.

The snap featured singer Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams, guitarist Angus Young, and Stevie Young, who has stepped in to replace his ailing uncle Malcolm Young. Young is battling dementia.