Man Charged In ‘Beat Down Posse’ Crime Ring

By Bill Hudson, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s been terrorizing residents of north Minneapolis neighborhoods for at least six years. Now, two prominent leaders of the self-proclaimed “Beat Down Posse” are behind bars, charged with a plethora of crimes.

Thirty-six-year-old Joseph Duane Gustafson, Jr. and 39-year-old Troy Michael Neuberger face 14 felony counts, ranging from racketeering to drug dealing and assault.

The gang’s name, BDP, refers to criminal actions the group would take on behalf of Gustafson’s father’s bail bond business. Gustafson Bail Bonds operated out of a home located at 3302 Washington Ave. N. in Minneapolis.

At a hastily called news conference, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman outlined a 20-page criminal complaint.

“We think they’ve been perpetrating crimes on the north side for years,” said Freeman.

The allegations charge Gustafson and Neuberger with running an organized crime ring for the past four years. If convicted of the more serious racketeering charges, both could face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

“Racketeering is one of the most serious crimes we can make in the county attorney’s office,” said Freeman.

Investigators say the gang operated under the guise of Gustafson’s Bail Bonds business. After a man named Hector Fonseca failed to appear in court, Gustafson’s father was out the $12,000 bail he posted for the customer. BDP members would then go out on what they called “Hector” missions seeking to recover the money by stealing and assaulting other criminals and their associates. Often, that meant stealing narcotics, money and firearms from others who were not inclined to call police.

Stolen drugs and guns were sold from heavily fenced and guarded homes in North Minneapolis. Several of the houses were allegedly purchased using fraudulent mortgages. One of those schemes, police say, netted the Gustafson’s nearly $300,000 in illicit payouts.

According to Minneapolis Police Chief, Tim Dolan, “they’re involved in organized crime in other ways, so this is a big day for us on the north side and for the police department.”

The investigation is still ongoing, meaning that further arrests and charges are likely. So far, Joseph Gustafson, Sr. has not been charged with any crime. When asked why not, County Attorney Freeman responded by saying, “stay tuned.”

An alleged terror ring that’s evaded capture for years is suddenly much less of a threat. That pleases city council president, Barb Johnson.

“Yes, it’s been frustrating, but my neighbors will be very, very pleased to see this news conference today and here this action that’s being taken,” Johnson said.

WEB EXTRA: Read The Full Criminal Complaint (.PDF)

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  1. Patrice 2 says:

    goooodness. Do you think he will be free and in my ‘hood ny midnight?
    He might be crabby

    1. Roy Woodrow says:

      I am guessing that this scruffy scrubby sob drives a van.

  2. young at heart and disliking all the bs says:

    already there Patrice …. looky out the window. The boyz in da hood always walks and talks

  3. Rebbeca says:

    …”the posse targeted Mexican drug dealers, and would kick in their doors to seize property, drugs and money”… OK so it sounds like he was also a community organizer.

    1. Mike says:

      Hopefully these nasty jerks will never see light outside of prison. Those that advocate this type of conduct on others should understand that this learned behaviour will be reciprocated in some form, some where. That is a fact.

  4. Howie smells trouble says:

    trash …. nasty trash
    as a pack they pretty bad dudes
    solo we shall see who they dig the new job as a fudge packer

  5. Rich ER says:

    can ya say Dead Man Walking ?

  6. Mike Hunt says:

    Bye, bye Mr.B.D.P.

  7. MarkHT says:

    This man is a terror. I pray he finds Jesus, so that his crimes will be forgiven him and he can spend eternity with our Lord and Savior. We should punish him yes, but if he repents that is the best that can happen.

    1. Don_J says:

      I don’t… I pray that when he gets to prison a few bigger and badder dudes than he is FINDS HIM… and makes him an offer he can’t refuse… BEND OVER B’OTCH!

  8. Billy says:

    many, many years in prison for him.

  9. Marie Alexander says:

    WOW DID THEY WHO R AGEST HIM HAVE ANY EVIDENCE B/C IM NOT SURE BUT HE NEVER WAS SEE, HERD, OR INVESTED BY BEING WATCHED OVER THE YEARS,SO THEY ARE THEY INFO FROM PEOPLE JUST TRING TO LOOK 4 A WAY OUT OF THEIR CHARGES,AND SNICHED LIES?RIGHT .THERE R ALWAYS 2 SIDES TO EVERYTHING,THEN THE TRUTH ,U KNOW! IM JUST SAYIN WE HUNG OUT ALOT AND I SAW MUCH OF NOTHING,I DONT GET IT….FROM QUEEN BEE

    1. Duh says:

      Yeah, they are both saints getting a bad rap….by the way, in your next post try to type a few words correctly….not all just a few

      1. Tom says:

        why do you like them

    2. 2 sides, then the truth? Isn't that 3? says:

      If they were arrested and charged, there’s evidence against them. Just because you never saw it happen, doesn’t mean it’s true. But you do have a point, innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. But, how much you want to bet they take a plea so all the evidence never hits a courtroom, therefore the media? That way, the next generation can continue on and on.

    3. English is our Native Language says:

      Marie proudly claims to have hung out with these 2 clowns. Just a guess by her spelling and writing abilities, this is probably true…She doesn’t seem very bright either.

    4. Don_J says:

      …puff puff pass… that’s the rule Marie. Is this guy your BFF or something?

  10. Tom says:

    they will meet bubba for sure

  11. Hud says:

    These guys are such losers that only a few of us find it within ourselves to waste time posting stuff about them. Stuff like, Boy those guys are really in trouble, or boy those guys are really losers & so on…..

  12. Bobs Booze & Bullets says:

    You shall reap what you sow. Prison will be a bit of a vacation for them, at least they won’t have to worry about anybody shooting them there.

  13. NSM says:

    northside inbreading at its finest

  14. chimp says:

    What a joke these guys are considered tuff, get real 2 fat white guys ooh scary

  15. Bubba says:

    Can you say Ben Dover?

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