Mets Ace Dwight Gooden Arrested On Cocaine Possession Charge

Fallen fireball pitcher Dwight Gooden, whose drug woes drove him out of a Hall of Fame career, was in trouble with the law again after a recent arrest on cocaine possession, sources said Friday.


Gooden, 54, the hero hurler who pitched the Mets to their most recent World Series championship in 1986, was busted last month by New Jersey cops after a late-night stop, officials said.

Police in Holmdel allegedly found him with “two, small green zip-lock style plastic baggies containing suspected cocaine,” according to a criminal complaint from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.


Gooden, who also played for the Yankees and the Cleveland Indians, was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Authorities said he was under the influence at the time of his arrest.

Gooden was also ticketed for several motor vehicles offenses. His case is pending, and no date has been set for the next court appearance. He could not immediately be reached for comment.


Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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