The To the Maximus Foundation is starting a series of articles called Portrait of a Preditor, featuring people from around the country that we believe to be guilty of preying on our young people through the synthetic drug trade.
Our first predator is Rick Broider. Broider is President of North American Herbal Incense Trade Association (NAHITA), owner of Liberty Herbal Incense, President of Loudon Youth Association, and founder and “lead instructor” of Real Deal Mixed Martial Arts gym. Yes, when he’s not selling drugs to the kids, he’s coaching and instructing them.
Broider says that Liberty Herbal Incense recently changed its poison formulas to keep its products legal. He insists his industry’s products are not for human consumption, though he concedes that some people may be misusing the product by smoking it.
He will appear on CNBC’s Crime, Inc., Thursday at 7 and 8 p.m. CST where Broider tells correspondent Carl Quintanilla that smoking fake pot is “not dangerous, it’s risky.” We looked up ‘risky’ in the Webster’s Dictionary and it says “attending with risk or danger.” Hummm! Sounds dangerous to us!
Broider fights hard for his right to profit off of our young people. He has organized NAHITA to fight for the right of an entire industry to injure and kill our citizens. Although he refuses to divulge membership information, Broider claims that the association has 1,200. We believe that the membership is closer to 3 or 4. OK, maybe a few more, but no one knows for sure.
On their website, Liberty Herbal Incense says “As we understand it, there has been no legitimate reports of injuries concerning ANY reputable herbal incense products utilized within intended use.” What can we say? The true intended use is to smoke his products and synthetic marijuana has injured and killed many people.
Through his trade association and drug-dealing business, Broider has used the internet to spread his philosophy regarding the “constitutional right” of himself and his cohorts to sell drugs. Broider says ”…..don’t Americans have the right to assume their own personal risk?”
But, the real story is simple. It’s all about greed.
“All these people who are hawking this stuff are interested in is making a buck,” said DEA Special Agent Jim Burns, who covers New York.
“They are not interested in what happens to the people who use it.”
Broider lives in Loudon, New Hampshire with his wife and their 6 children on 20 acres.
New York Post columnist Linda Stasi , says “This guy was on “Wife Swap” as a too-strict disciplinarian, ex-military man and scary father of six. Now? He’s a multimillionaire manufacturer of synthetic drugs in New Hampshire.” Wife swap is a reality TV program where, two families, usually from different social classes and lifestyles, swap wives/mothers – and sometimes husbands – for two weeks.
Would Broider allow his children to smoke herbal incense or synthetic marijuana products?
“You know, if my children are under 18 years old, I would not allow them to do anything that I wouldn’t deem appropriate to be doing under 18 years old,” he says. “When they’re over 18 years old, I would see it no differently than alcohol or tobacco, which are two products that have been proven to be addictive and have have proven to have negative health consequences.”
What kind of a father would have no problem with his children smoking synthetic cannabinoids? Where are the child protective services in New Hampshire?
If you know a little about Broider’s history, it’s not all that surprising that he has become one of our society’s predators.
Loudon resident Rick Broider, 39, lived on the streets of Boston’s Copley Square for 2 1/2 years as a runaway teenager, starting at age 14.
He never knew his father.
“I wasn’t dealt the best hand of cards,” he said.
He quit high school after his freshman year. Broider joined the Army National Guards as a military weapons specialist, at age 17. We don’t know how you feel, but we get the creeps when we think about a guy like this with a military weapons specialist background.
Building a mixed-martial arts gym behind his house, he coaches soccer and basketball and wants to start teaching parenting classes. We are not making this up! Oh yes,… and he is President of the Loudon (NH) Youth Athletic Association and Real Deal Mixed Martial Art’s Founder and Lead Instructor (we think he’s the only instructor).
We wonder if he shares his ‘peace pipe’ with the kids and if their parents know that their youth leader is a drug dealer.
In the Press Release for Operation Log Jam, DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart says “retailers, distributors and manufacturers of synthetic drugs are no different than drug dealers on the street.” We couldn’t agree more.
Rick Broider is every parents nightmare because he presents himself to be a respectable businessman and youth leader. But, he’s nothing more than a drug dealer who is using his business experience to promote a deadly trade, responsible for killing many and injuring many more.