Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Dwight Gooden arrested for cocaine possession

Dwight Gooden arrested for cocaine possession

Troubled Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden was busted last month in New Jersey for possession of cocaine and driving under the influence, The Post has learned.

Two plastic baggies allegedly containing cocaine were found in the 54-year-old Gooden's vehicle.

Gooden, also known as "Doc", was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled risky substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence at the time, according to the complaint.

Gooden is scheduled to make an initial court appearance July 23.

The four-time All-Star's history with drugs has been well documented, although he told the Post in 2016 that he had been completely sober following a rehab stint four years earlier. Gooden is now 54-years-old, and he was first sent to a rehabilitation facility in 1987 for cocaine possession. Four years later, he was arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance in New Jersey with his 5-year-old son in the auto.

Former National League Cy Young Award victor Dwight Gooden is facing drug charges in New Jersey.

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After violating his drug aftercare program in 1994, Gooden was suspended for the entire 1995 baseball season.

Gooden was arrested in his Tampa in 2002 for driving while intoxicated and for having an open alcohol container.

Gooden's problems with the law date back to the Mets 1986 championship year, when he was arrested after an altercation with police.

In 2006, Gooden spent eight months in prison after showing up under the influence of a controlled substance at a meeting with his probation officer. The criminal complaint filed in the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office was obtained by the New York Post.

The 1985 Cy Young Award victor has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction over the years.

Gooden went 194-112 with a 3.51 ERA in 16 seasons.

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