Division of Alcoholic beverages and tobacco
Bureau of Law Enforcement
The Bureau of Law Enforcement is responsible for the management of ABTs law enforcement and investigation programs. These responsibilities include conducting license discipline investigations; providing guidance, direction and leadership to licensees; conducting criminal investigations pursuant to beverage and cigarette laws and statutes; and determining the need for using extraordinary emergency suspension powers when a business licensed by ABT has become an immediate danger to the health, safety and welfare of Floridas citizens.
The Bureau of Law Enforcement is divided into field offices located throughout the state. In addition to the license qualifications and criminal investigations, the sworn law enforcement officers in the field concentrate their efforts on sales of unlawful drugs in businesses licensed by ABT, sales and service of alcoholic beverages and tobacco to underage persons, sales of false identification documents, sales of untaxed cigarettes, operation of unlawful gambling machines, and providing assistance to Auditing in the collection of authorized taxes and fees.