Published: Dec 04, 2013 12:21 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- Crewmembers offloaded more than $18 million in cocaine on Wednesday at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew seized the $18 million in cocaine in the Gulf of Mexico during two separate cases in November in support of Operation Martillo.

Operation Martillo is an international operation focused on sharing information and bringing together air, land, and maritime assets from the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and Western Hemisphere and European partner nation agencies to counter illicit trafficking.