(CNN) – The crew of the Coast Guard's Cutter Hawk unloaded about 576 kilograms of cocaine on Friday.
The bust was made in St. Petersburg, FL.
The drugs have a street value of nearly $19 million.
Five suspected smugglers were taken into custody during Operation Martillo, off the coast of the Dominican Republic.
Operation Martillo is a joint, inter-agency and multi-national effort to stop the flow of illicit drugs.
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