Dwight Gooden arrested, charged with cocaine possession, report says

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Former Mets and Yankees World Series winning pitcher Dwight "Doc" Gooden was arrested for cocaine possession by police in New Jersey last month, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.

Two plastic baggies allegedly containing cocaine were found in the 54-year-old Gooden's vehicle. Police pulled him over on June 7 for erratic driving and having tinted windows that were too dark, the New York Post reports. The report says Gooden was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled unsafe substance, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence at the time.

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. He was also arrested in 2010 for driving under the influence while taking his son to school.

Gooden has a long history with drug addiction. Gooden is now 54-years-old, and he was first sent to a rehabilitation facility in 1987 for cocaine possession.

Former National League Cy Young Award victor Dwight Gooden is facing drug charges in New Jersey.

Gooden has struggled with alcohol and substance abuse issues for decades, and was suspended the entire 1995 season after a positive drug test.

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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.

Gooden played for the Mets from 1984-1994.

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

He also threw a no-hitter with the New York Yankees in 1996.

Gooden won the NL Cy Young Award in 1985 after leading the Major League Baseball in wins (24), ERA (1.53) and strikeouts (268), claiming the pitchers' Triple Crown.

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