Former Mets ace Gooden ar­rested on co­caine charge

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Thomas Tracy and Leonard Greene, New York Daily News

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.

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