Little Joe Gustafson charged with 14 counts, racketeering

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Little Joe Gustafson, leader of the Beat Down Posse, was booked into jail this morning
Joseph Duane "Little Joe" Gustafson, a North Minneapolis man who terrorized his neighborhood for years, is being charged today with 14 felony counts: racketeering, assault, making terroristic threats, kidnapping, drugs, and theft.

Gustafson and his father Joseph Robert "Big Joe" Gustafson, a former Hell's Angel who ran a bail bond business, have been the targets of a three-year probe investigating an organized crime ring they ran in North Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Police Department uncovered evidence of arson, kidnapping, mortgage fraud, assault, and drugs. We documented all this one year ago in our cover story, "Fallen Angel."

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Now, Gustafson is finally getting his comeuppance. Since our story broke, Little Joe, 36, has been charged with a few crimes--but today's development is a major breakthrough in the case.  Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is calling a press conference about the case this afternoon.

The criminal complaint lays out a dazzling pattern of organized crime and corruption that has festered in our city's northern side for years.

With the help of his right-hand man, 39-year-old Troy Michael Neuberger, Little Joe ran a criminal organization known as the "Beat-Down Posse." The Gustafsons recruited for their group, dangling the promise of unlimited women to anyone who joined "the team," the complaint alleges. Each member of the group had an individual assignment, based on their skills.

Drug dealers were especially prized--a man named Mike Swafford was recruited because he sold drugs and owned a tow truck.

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Troy Michael Neuberger was Little Joe's right-hand man
Little Joe ruled with paramilitary discipline, mandating weekly Thursday night meetings that BDP members referred to as "church." The Gustafsons intimidated dealers into coming into their fold, then charged them a 10 percent "tax" on their sales, the complaint alleges. In return, the dealers got prestige, all those supposed ladies, and protection.

The BDP used the bail business, Gustafson's Bail Bonds, as an excuse to steal from their victims. Big Joe had once bailed out a man named Hector Fonseco, who skipped town and left Big Joe footing the bill for the $12,000 bond. Over and over, members of the group kicked in doors of Mexican families on Lake Street, claiming they were looking for "Hector." They'd take their victims' money and drugs.

If anyone tried to resist--and often, even if they didn't--the BDP was ready to pummel them into submission. One one occasion, the BDP assaulted a dealer and fractured his skull, leaving him for dead, bloodied in a bathtub. The victim need seventeen stitches to sew up his skull.

If their fists weren't intimidating enough, the Gustafsons carried--and sold--guns.

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14 comments
SKEETER northsider for life
SKEETER northsider for life

all you stupid mf's on here...the gustafson's aren't done yet...believe that!!! so keep talking your shit and bringing up your tough talk!! my cousins ain't noone's bitch...BITCH!!!!

penguin
penguin

While in jail I'm sure he became someone's bitch. Do you guys really think you're a big deal? You live in North Minneapolis, the ass crack of the midwest. Get over yourself.

Bruce Walker
Bruce Walker

Troy is going to be someone BITCH, Fuckin POS, Hey Troy , can't do the time , don't do the crime !!!

Budy3year
Budy3year

set them free !!! let them do what they have to do most of it is bull shit keep the east side safe with guys like this some times we need some gritt know them like them they are not as bad as people think fucking media hipe !!!

Tonybricker2008
Tonybricker2008

yea free my cuz he ain't as bad as everyone is sayin the man is tryin to feed his fmily and u got some dumb fuck's out here hatin cause he's doin better than them then u got these retard cop's that don't like him cause he's doin wat he has to to feed his family so all these homo ass people talkin shit bout my cuz u should reallly take the dick out ur mouth and fess up ur own problems not my familys

Hubbardcountysheriff
Hubbardcountysheriff

 Your absolutely right. He's not that bad. That's why the Game came to an end the way it did. He's a LOOSER who made a life out of Terrorizing, Victimizing and taking from the Real Good People who were also trying to feed their Families. No Pity, No Mercy. Just remember that  the Thug You speak so highly of is locked up and not their to Protect You and You Abusive Mouth anymore. Theirs a Time when one might consider keeping their Mouth Shut. I don't know that admitting Your Support of Joey and that Your a Relative is rely a Smart Position. A-lot of People You aren't knowledgeable of want them OUT. Want Retribution. Desire their Demise. In the real world no one and nothing will change that. The Survival of all Involved in that Klan Depends on Incarceration to Survive now. The Streets are the real Killer. That's were all the Victims are. Street Justice is a Very Real Situation My Friend. I Lived on 23rd and Lyndale for 20 years. We know each other Very Well. People will get Revenge against Joe, His Dad and their Families. You'll just become another statistic if You Keep up this kind of talk. How about saying something like! ( I'm Sorry to those My Family Victimized ) Your a Young Punk who has Never Ever Stood his own ground on Principal. You run around Hiding under the Gustafson Name thinking that gives You Power and Prestige. It does no more than put a Target on Your Back. You can't get Your Own Shit together. Don't try to be the Spokes Person of Organized Crime. Way to Go  to all Law Enforcement who Put their Lives, Time and Experties to Good use getting these guy's off the Street's for a Long Time to come.

                                                                                              U.S.M.S.

they went down
they went down

what is big joey going to do with out his little joey now :-[ its about time they go down he is going to be someones bitc- in jail u think troy is doing his hair 4 him in jail n marrie go suck grandpas old dusty dick u worth less bit-h

Willie aka Jesse
Willie aka Jesse

stop all that, if you can't even say who ya are. punk a$$.  talkin big now, but my brother joe gonna be out here rollin, pretty soon, cuz they had retards trying get what they wanted the so called rats to say.  but how is it rattin if its all fabricated....hmmmm.                                                                                                         Willie

ps

and for the 2 who liked queerbaits comment, get off his nuts    

penguin
penguin

Do you have any idea how ridiculously stupid you make yourself sound? Read a book. 

Buddy3year
Buddy3year

after readiing this go take your head and shove it up you ass mister fake name with no balls if u want my e mail just let me know BITCH !!!

Ole
Ole

Norwegian Gangs take over NorthSide......I can see it now.

bronson
bronson

the "paramilitary discipline" clearly doesn't extend to his personal grooming.

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