An Albuquerque, N.M., judge has issued an arrest warrant for country singer Carlene Carter after she failed to show up for arraignment last month on a felony drug charge. Although the Bernalillo Count

An Albuquerque, N.M., judge has issued an arrest warrant for country singer Carlene Carter after she failed to show up for arraignment last month on a felony drug charge. Although the Bernalillo County district attorney's office said that Carter doesn't have an attorney of record in the heroin-possession case, the 46-year-old entertainer said her lawyer is taking care of the matter. "Everything's fine," she said in a telephone interview from her Tesuque home.

Carter -- who is the stepdaughter of Johnny Cash and daughter of June Carter Cash and country singer Carl Smith -- was ordered to appear Dec. 10 before state District Judge Pat Murdoch for arraignment. She did not show, and the bench warrant was issued Dec. 17.

Last June, Carter and her companion, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers bassist Howie Epstein, were pulled over on Interstate 25 in Albuquerque. State police said the pair were speeding, and that officers found 2.9 grams of black tar heroin and drug paraphernalia inside the sport-utility vehicle, which was reported stolen from a Santa Fe car dealership.

A criminal complaint said Carter "claimed the paraphernalia and heroin found in the vehicle belonged to her, and was used for personal use." She was indicted in November on charges of heroin possession and possession of a list of paraphernalia, all with drug residue on them.

Epstein was not charged in the case, the district attorney's office said.


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