(1) There is created within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement a Financial Crime Analysis Center and a Financial Transaction Database.
(2) The department shall compile information and data available from financial transaction reports required to be submitted by state or federal law that are provided to the Department of Financial Services, to the Office of Financial Regulation of the Financial Services Commission, to the Department of Revenue, or to which the department otherwise has access. Information and data so received shall be utilized by the department in the Financial Transaction Database. The department shall implement a system utilizing the database that allows data review and processing to reveal patterns, trends, and correlations that are indicative of money laundering or other financial transactions indicative of criminal activity. The department shall, in consultation with the Department of Financial Services, the Office of Financial Regulation of the Financial Services Commission, and the Department of Revenue, establish the methods and parameters by which information and data received by such agencies are transferred to the department for inclusion in the database. Information developed in or through the use of the database shall be made available to law enforcement agencies and prosecutors in this state in a manner defined by the department and as allowed by state or federal law or regulation. All information contained in the database shall be considered “active criminal intelligence” or “active criminal investigative information” as defined in s. 119.011.
(3) The Financial Crime Analysis Center shall analyze and develop information relating to money laundering, perform postseizure analysis of currency and drug seizures in drug cases, and access information and data in the Financial Transaction Database for the purposes of assisting the department’s drug and money laundering investigation and forfeiture efforts, assisting the efforts of law enforcement agencies and prosecutors in this state in investigating ongoing, organized drug trafficking and money laundering activities occurring within the state, and assisting the department in investigations of other financial transactions indicative of criminal activity. The center may perform proactive analyses of information and intelligence to assist in identifying those who may be engaging in money laundering, drug-related criminal activity, or other criminal activity involving financial transactions, but who have evaded detection, investigation, or prosecution.