Woman Sentenced For Attempting To Sell Meth From Hospital Bed

| by Nathaly Pesantez

A Washington woman was sentenced to five years in prison for attempting to deal methamphetamine during her stay at a hospital. 

Karin Renae Cole, 47, pleaded guilty in July to two counts of methamphetamine possession with intent to deliver. 

Cole was out on bail for a previous drug charge when Camas police were tipped off about her continued selling of drugs while a patient at the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington, according to The Columbian. 

Police arrived at the hospital on April 16 with a search warrant, and found 6.5 grams of meth on Cole, along with a digital scale, packaging materials and drug paraphernalia. 

Cole only sold meth to her outside visitors, reports KPTV. Hospital staff were unaware of Cole's attempt to sell drugs.

The hospital released a statement shortly after the search warrant was presented. 

"PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center applauds the Camas Police Department for their work in this investigation. We will continue to cooperate fully in this rare situation. We are not aware of any prior police searches of this nature in our facility's history."

Cole was previously arrested earlier this year for selling meth from her home in Washougal, Washington. 

Judge Robert Lewis from the Clark County Superior Court ordered Cole to serve 60 months for each of her two counts, concurrently. 

Sources: The Columbian, KPTV / Photo credit: Rytyho Usa/Wikimedia Commons