The eldest daughter of opium warlord Khun Sa is free to return to her home in Thailand after the Crown withdrew a money laundering charge against her yesterday. Prosecutor Lynda Shine told magistrate Alan Wright at Eastern Court that the prosecution had decided to withdraw the allegation against 40-year-old Apawee Apitummakoob. 'We are of the view that we are not in a position to proceed with the charge at the present time,' Ms Shine told the court. On her last appearance on August 22, Ms Apitummakoob had objected to a further application for a delay in the hearing. Through her lawyer, Adrian Bell, she said she wanted to return to Thailand and live with her mother. Ms Apitummakoob had been under police investigation since 1992. On May 10, she was charged with facilitating and assisting Khun Sa to retain and control $33 million in drug proceeds. Although no pleas were taken, Ms Apitummakoob indicated she would deny the charge. She said the money was a contribution to the Shan Liberation Army to help its political struggle.