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$18 Million Worth of Cocaine Snagged Off Florida Coast

Ah, Florida.

Another day, another crapload of cocaine washing up in our waters.

This time, however, the cocaine didn't just appear out of nowhere. This load was caught in a Coast Guard Operation off the Gulf of Mexico.

And the op, called Operation Martillo -- Operation Hammer! -- yielded more than 18 million dollars worth of yeyo. That's a lot of martillos!

The operation went down last month, when the Coast Guard joined forces with other international drug enforcers like a sort of Avengers on boats, to put a halt on drug, weapons and cash smuggling through Central American waters.

It was a two-pronged op where authorities were also able to nab 10 bales of cocaine near Colombia on November 25.

The $18 million worth of cocaine was seized off the coast of St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

According to one report, the Coast Guard sent out their MH-65 chopper into the Gulf of Mexico where it spotted a 25-foot vessel in open waters.

The helicopter noticed members of the crew tossing contraband overboard into the water.

After issuing some warning shots, the Coast Guard swooped in and nabbed the drugs.

Just this past October, authorities found 600 pounds of cocaine aboard a 132-foot luxury megayacht in Palm Beach. The haul was said to have been valued at about $5.5 million.

Also in October, a BSO deputy found $700,000 worth of yeyo on another yacht.

And back in May, customs agents at Port Everglades spotted about 90 coconuts stuffed with pounds and pounds of cocaine.

At this rate, Floridians are just going to start using cocaine as currency.

Oh. Wait. We're already doing that.

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