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Dwight Gooden charged with possession of cocaine in New Jersey, report says

Great Dwight Mets "Doc" Gooden was arrested last month in New Jersey and charged with possession of cocaine, a report said Friday.

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The New York Post reported, citing a criminal complaint filed by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, that Gooden was arrested on June 7 by Holmdel police, who reportedly found the old pitcher with two small plastic bags containing suspected cocaine.

Gooden, age 54, was charged with third degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug addiction props and to be under the influence of drugs, according to the report. He was also convicted of local offenses involving a motor vehicle.

All-Star four times, who won the World Series with the Mets in 1986 and the Yankees in 1996, Gooden has been fighting addiction since his debut as a player. He admitted to missing the Mets World Championship parade in 1986 because he was high up. He then spent months in rehabilitation after failing a drug test. He was suspended for the entire 1995 season after failing another test. And Gooden spent eight months in prison in 2006 for violating his probation using cocaine. In 2010, he was arrested in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, for drug-impaired driving after destroying his car with his 5-year-old son inside.

In 2016, Gooden retired from an FMAN event at the last minute, pushing his former teammate Darryl Strawberry to say that he feared for Gooden's life. Gooden then insisted that he was not consuming, although he claimed to still have difficulties with cravings.

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