Oklahoma City firefighter arrested for drug possession, child pornography

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CANADIAN COUNTY, Okla. - An Oklahoma City firefighter is facing child pornography and drug charges.

His wife, a nurse, is also facing drug charges.

On Friday, investigators from the Canadian County Sheriff's Office arrested 28-year-old Matthew Kockos on aggravated possession of child pornography, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and cultivating marijuana and "magic" mushrooms.

Matthew Kockos

Deputies also arrested 24-year-old Ashley Kockos on cultivating marijuana and "magic" mushrooms, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Ashley Kockos

Authorities said their investigation into the couple began after they learned that child pornography was being downloaded at a home in El Reno. After obtaining a search warrant for the couple's home, investigators found and seized multiple items related to child pornography.

"We did find two laptop computers that contained lots of child pornography," Capt. Adam Flowers, with the Canadian County Sheriff's Office, said.

At the same time, they said they also found a large amount of illegal drugs.

"Firefighters are [heroes] to our citizens and to other first responders. I was told by my investigators there were text messages from Matthew that he went outside, while on duty at the fire station, to smoke marijuana. How selfish can this man be to put the lives of his coworkers and the public at risk for being high?" said Chris West Canadian County Sheriff.

Neighbors said they were shocked to learn about the allegations.

"You wouldn't expect that," Viridiana Rodriguez said.

"It's a shock something like that that can go right under your nose and you don't know it," Sam McMahn said.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department says Kockos has been with the department since 2012.

"The Oklahoma City Fire Department is aware of the charges and is working with law enforcement. Until further information can be obtained from [the] Canadian County Sheriff, Mr. Kockos has been placed on administrative leave," a statement from the department read.

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