Ex-pitcher Dwight Gooden charged with drug possession

Jose Verdugo
Julio 13, 2019

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.

Gooden, 54, was arrested early in the morning on June 7 after he was pulled over by Holmdel Police Department and officers discovered "two, small green zip-lock style plastic baggies containing suspected cocaine", according to the complaint, which was obtained by NJ Advance Media.

Two plastic baggies allegedly containing cocaine were found in the 54-year-old Gooden's auto. He is also being charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence. He was also arrested in 2010 for driving under the influence while taking his son to school.

A court date in Gooden's case is scheduled for July 23.

Last month, Gooden posted a picture of himself at a rehab facility in his native Tampa, along with the caption: 'I had a great time speaking at Villa Veritas.

Gooden has a long history with drug addiction.

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The picture was posted on Twitter four days after he was reportedly arrested in New Jersey. Major League Baseball suspended the right-hander for the entire 1995 season after another positive test.

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

A year later, Gooden was given a key to the city by Mayor Bill de Blasio with Strawberry and other members of the World Champion 1986 Mets in attendance, such as Jesse Orrosco and Bobby Ojeda. 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.

Gooden spent time with the Indians, Astros and Devil Rays before returning to the Yankees in 2000 to win a third championship. He also played for the New York Yankees.

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