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Crime Stoppers of Michigan: How does the anonymous tip work?

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Richard Masten eating the paper in a Florida courtroom. Richard Masten eating the paper in a Florida courtroom.
(WJBK) -

A man in charge of the Crime Stoppers program in Miami, Fla. took a stand to protect a tipster's identity - and it could land him in jail.

Richard Masten swallowed a piece of paper with details he believed could lead to the identity of a tipster. A judge in a drug case wanted him to turn in the piece of paper so the defense could also have it.

The piece of paper didn't have a name on it, just a randomly generated identification number.

But Masten still refused.

He ripped it up and ate it in the courtroom.

A judge has now given Masten until Thursday to hand over a new sheet with information about the tipster.

If he doesn't he could face two weeks in jail.

Meanwhile, Anthony Jones from Crime Stoppers of Michigan explains how the anonymous tip line works and just how important keeping the identities of the tipsters anonymous is to the company.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to watch the interview with Anthony Jones from Crime Stoppers of Michigan

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