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Father of Destiny Norton arrested in drug investigation

Father of Destiny Norton arrested in drug investigation

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WEST JORDAN -- The father of a girl who was brutally murdered three years ago in Salt Lake City has been arrested on drug charges.

Utah grieved with the Norton family after 5-year-old Destiny was kidnapped then killed. Her father, Rick Norton, 33, was arrested Tuesday following a one-month police investigation.

The Deseret News reports detectives served a search warrant at Norton's West Jordan home. They say they found baggies of marijuana, a gun nearby and three children with easy access to the drugs.

Norton was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for child endangerment, a weapons violation by a restricted person, and drug possession with intent to distribute. He was being held without bail.

The Deseret News also reports Norton was divorced from his wife, Rachael Norton, two weeks ago.

In July 2006, neighbor Craig Roger Gregerson lured Destiny Norton into his home near 700 South and 500 East in Salt Lake City. He later told police he suffocated her while trying to keep her quiet. He kept her body in the basement of his home while police and volunteers searched for the girl for eight days.

Gregerson pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and child kidnapping as part of a plea bargain.

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