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Autopsy: Trayvon Martin had drugs in his system

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (RNN) - Medical examiners found the drug THC in the blood of Trayvon Martin, the teen who was shot and killed by the volunteer neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in a Florida gated community.

The autopsy is part of 67 CD's worth of material were released Thursday on the state's attorney website.

THC is the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana. Depending on the amount and frequency that the drug is consumed, THC carboxy (the by-product of the body's metabolism of the drug) can remain in the system from about two weeks to a month.

THC, the drug itself, remains in the body for up to four hours.

According to the autopsy report, Martin's blood from his chest contained 1.5 ng/mL of THC. There was 7.3 ng/mL of THC-COOH (carboxy).

Martin, 17, was walking through the community in late February when he was spotted by Zimmerman, who called emergency operators to report him as "suspicious." According to a recording of the call, Zimmerman had been told by the dispatcher to discontinue his pursuit of Martin.

Information about whether Zimmerman complied with the request has not been released; however Zimmerman told police on the night of the shooting that he was retreating to his car when Martin approached him and instigated a fight.

Zimmerman said the 5' 11" Martin slammed his head into the ground and broke his nose. Zimmerman says he shot the unarmed Martin in self-defense. Prosecutors, who later resigned from the case, used Florida's Stand Your Ground law as reason to recommend that no charges be filed in the case.

However, Zimmerman was arrested and charged with second-degree murder after prolonged and extensive public backlash.

According to documents released earlier this week, a doctor Zimmerman visited the day after the shooting confirmed the 28-year-old had a fractured nose and two black eyes.

Martin's autopsy revealed he had a small cut on the ring finger of his left hand. He was shot in the chest at "mid-range," between 1 and 18 inches from his body. There was no exit wound.

Zimmerman was released on $150,000 bail. He is on house arrest, and is not allowed to carry a weapon.

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