Former Mets ace Gooden arrested on cocaine charge
Fallen fireball pitcher Dwight Gooden, whose drug woes drove him out of a Hall of Fame career, got in trouble with the law again after a recent arrest on cocaine possession, court documents show.
Gooden, 54, the hero hurler who pitched the New York Mets to their most recent World Series championship in 1986, was busted last month by New Jersey cops after an early-morning stop, officials said.
Police in Holmdel who pulled Gooden over on a traffic violation allegedly found him on June 7 at 1 a.m. 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 New York Yankees and 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 is scheduled to appear in court July 23 on the charges. He could not immediately be reached for comment.