MAYPORT, FL-$93 million worth of cocaine and marijuana won't ever make it to the streets thanks to the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and overseas partners.

The Norfolk-based Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS Nicholas delivered more than four tons of the illegal drugs to to Naval Station Mayport on Tuesday morning.

The 7,500 pounds of cocaine and 239 pounds of marijuana were seized July 17 in Operation Martillo (Spanish for hammer), a U.S., European and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting drug trafficking routes along Central America.

USS Nicholas will return to Norfolk on Thursday after a 175-day deployment.

The Navy says there was enough cocaine to make 7.2 million doses the size of a sugar packet.

During the deployment, Nicholas with embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment conducted a combination of six disruptions and interdictions while in the Caribbean Sea, and the Atlantic and Pacific coastal waters of South and Central America.

'With the help of some partners in the region we accomplished what we set out to do; disrupt the drug trade,' said Cmdr. Stephen Fuller, USS Nicholas commanding officer.

Earlier this month, the Norfolk-based USS Elrod recovered 4,900 pounds of marijuana after suspected smugglers tossed it overboard from their speedboat.

The four people aboard the boat were detained by Costa Rican authorities.

And in April, Elrod seized more than $360 million in cocaine.

Elrod also is participating in Operation Martillo.

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