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Fallen Mets star Dwight Gooden busted for cocaine possession

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The former New York Mets and New York Yankees pitcher has been charged with cocaine possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of drugs.

Gooden, 54, encountered drug troubles in his professional career and afterward. After pulling Gooden over for allegedly driving erratically, police discovered "two, small green zip-lock style plastic baggies containing suspected cocaine". Gooden is a resident of Piscataway.

Gooden, also known as "Doc", was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled risky substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence at the time, according to the complaint. He is due in court later this month, per Aaron Katersky of ABC News.

The 1985 Cy Young Award victor has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction over the years.

Gooden's problems with the law date back to the Mets 1986 championship year, when he was arrested after an altercation with police. Major League Baseball suspended the right-hander for the entire 1995 season after another positive test. He was arrested for violating probation as well as showing up to a meeting with his probation officer while high on cocaine, according to the News. He had also been arrested in 2005 for hitting his girlfriend and then left his front-office position with the Yankees. He was arrested in 2010 in Franklin Lakes, N.J.in similar circumstances, but in that incident he crashed his care while his 5-year-old son was riding with him.

He also threw a no-hitter with the New York Yankees in 1996.

Last month, Gooden posted a picture of himself at a rehab facility in his native Tampa, along with the caption: 'I had a great time speaking at Villa Veritas. In an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show he said he knew his triggers. He was a four-time All-Star - all in his first five seasons.

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