Ex-Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden charged with drug possession

Florence Fletcher
July 14, 2019

Former New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden has been charged with cocaine possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and being under the influence of drugs. The police pulled him over and found him with "two small green zip-lock style plastic baggies containing suspected cocaine", per a criminal complaint filed by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office and obtained by the Post.

In addition to being too slow, police claim Gooden's windows were overly-tinted and he was failing to maintain a lane while driving.

Gooden, 54, was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled risky substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Drug addiction is a disease that is sometimes hard to fight. He was later suspended for an entire season in 1995 after another failed drug test.

In 2016, Gooden said he was clean and sober and had been getting involved with the church. He was also arrested in 2010 for driving under the influence while taking his son to school.

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Gooden was arrested in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, after crashing his vehicle while under the influence of drugs in 2010.

He was arrested again the following year for driving on a suspended license. Gooden is now 54-years-old, and he was first sent to a rehabilitation facility in 1987 for cocaine possession.

Gooden helped carry the Mets to their last World Series championship in 1986.

Eleven years later, in 2006, Gooden was still battling his cocaine demons. He finished his 16-year career, which included stops with the Yankees, Indians, Astros and Devil Rays, with a 194-112 record with a 3.51 ERA. In 2006, the 1985 Cy Young Award victor was arrested for showing up under the influence of cocaine to meet with his probation officer. That was also in New Jersey and he later joined "Celebrity Rehab with Dr".

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