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Former pitcher Dwight Gooden arrested in New Jersey on cocaine possession

13 July 2019

Former New York Mets pitcher and Cy Young victor Dwight "Doc" Gooden was arrested in New Jersey last month for cocaine possession and driving under the influence, it was revealed Friday.

Gooden's vehicle was stopped by police in Holmdel, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) from NY, early on June 7 for failure to maintain a lane and driving too slow, according to a criminal complaint provided by the Monmouth County prosecutor's office. Officers said they found plastic bags with suspected cocaine in them, according to the criminal complaint.

In the documents obtained by The Post today, Gooden was charged with possession of an illegal narcotic in the third-degree, among another charge for carrying drug paraphernalia.

The 1985 Cy Young Award victor has a rap sheet that includes an arrest in 2010 for driving while intoxicated after a auto crash, and a suspension in 1995 for failing an Major League Baseball drug test.

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Gooden, 54, encountered drug troubles in his professional career and afterward.

The case is pending and no date has been set for his next court appearance.

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

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

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In 2006, he served seven months in prison for violating terms of his probation for a drug-related offense. Gooden told the Post in 2016 that he had been sober since entering rehab in 2012.

The 1994 season was Gooden's last in a Mets uniform.

Gooden, affectionately known as "Doc" and "Dr. K", pitched to a 3.51 ERA across 16 seasons for the Mets, Yankees, Indians and Devil Rays.

Gooden won the Cy Young with the Mets in 1985 and was a member of the Mets' 1986 World Series championship team.

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Former pitcher Dwight Gooden arrested in New Jersey on cocaine possession