Dwight Gooden arrested for drug possession in New Jersey


Former New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden has been charged with cocaine possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and being under the influence of drugs. Officers said they found plastic bags with suspected cocaine in them, according to the criminal complaint.

Prosecutor's spokesperson Christopher Swendemen told the Post that Gooden was pulled over for driving too slow on a highway and failing to maintain his lane and having overly tinted windows.

Gooden, 54, was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled risky substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the report, Gooden was stopped around 1 a.m.in Holmdel, N.J., a suburb of New York City.

The 54-year-old former All-Star was cited for third-degree possession of a controlled unsafe substance, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to the complaint, which states Gooden is scheduled to appear in Monmouth County Superior Court on Tuesday, July 23 at 9 a.m.

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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. He was also ticketed for driving under the influence. Gooden is now 54-years-old, and he was first sent to a rehabilitation facility in 1987 for cocaine possession.

Former MLB star and Cy Young victor Doc Gooden is in more legal trouble. In 2006, he served seven months in prison for violating terms of his probation for a drug-related offense.

His most successful seasons resulted in the 1984 National League Rookie of the Year Award and the 1985 National League Cy Young Award with the Mets. He also played for the New York Yankees.

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