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Dwight Gooden Arrested for Cocaine Possession in June

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Cary Erickson | 13 July, 2019, 13:57

Former major league pitcher Dwight Gooden was arrested last month on suspicion of possession of cocaine, according to a complaint from the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office that was obtained by multiple outlets.

Prosecutor's spokesman Christopher Swendeman told the New York Post that Gooden had been pulled over for driving too slowly on a highway and for failing to maintain the lane.

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 also received a ticket for driving under the influence.

Gooden is scheduled to appear in court on July 23.

Allegedly, this arrest comes on the heels of a long battle with cocaine addiction, which has affected his baseball career for a long time.

Holmdel Township, N.J., police arrested Gooden early in the morning of June 7.

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Gooden, now 54, tested positive for cocaine in 1987 when he was a star pitcher for the New York Mets.

Later, after making a comeback and winning two World Series rings with the crosstown Yankees, Gooden was arrested in New Jersey for driving under the influence and crashing his vehicle while driving his five-year-old son Dylan to school. However, Gooden was suspended for the entire 1995 season after failing another test.

In 2006, Gooden spent eight months in jail for violating probation when he showed up high on cocaine to a meeting with his probation officer.

The former ace was charged with driving while intoxicated in 2002, arrested for driving with a suspended license in 2003 and charged with misdemeanor battery in 2005.

Across sixteen seasons with the MLB, Gooden scored a 3.51 ERA as well as a 194-112 record.

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