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Ex-pitcher Dwight Gooden charged with drug possession

Ex-pitcher Dwight Gooden charged with drug possession

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. After being pulled over for driving too slowly, Gooden was found with 'two small green zip-lock style plastic baggies containing suspected cocaine'. He is also being charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence. He is due back in court on July 23.

Gooden is no stranger to drug problems.

Gooden was arrested on June 7 by Holmdel (N.J.) police just before 1 a.m. Gooden is now 54-years-old, and he was first sent to a rehabilitation facility in 1987 for cocaine possession.

He failed another drug test in 1995 and was subsequently suspended for the season.

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.

He also served eight months in jail for violating his probation when he showed up high on cocaine to a meeting with his probation officer in 2006.

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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.

Janice Roots, his former girlfriend of four years, revealed in a 2016 open letter published by the New York Daily News that Gooden's son had begged her to help his father quit drugs on several occasions.

The arrest is the latest in the athlete's lengthy public battle with cocaine addiction, which overshadowed his storied sports career.

Gooden played for the Mets from 1984-1994.

If the New York Mets ship away Noah Syndergaard, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen should demand a haul in return.

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