Crime Stoppers Director Richard Masten, located in Miami, Florida, could be looking at jail time for going to extreme lengths to protect one tipster's name.
Masten refused to hand over details of an anonymous tip in a cocaine case last week.
Instead, as he sat in court, he ate a piece of paper containing the information.
The judge held Masten in contempt of court, but the retired cop says he doesn't regret his decision.
Masten will find out soon how long he could spend in jail. Media outlets report that he faces 14-days behind bars.