Washougal woman suspected of dealing drugs from hospital room

Police execute search warrant at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center

A Washougal woman will likely face drug charges after she allegedly sold methamphetamine from her hospital room.

According to a press release, on Thursday, April 16 at approximately 4 p.m. Camas Police Department detectives executed a search warrant for drugs in a hospital room at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver.

Law enforcement had received information that patient Karin Renae Cole, 47, was dealing methamphetamine directly out of her hospital room.

During the search, police recovered approximately 6.5 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, drug packaging materials, and other drug-related paraphernalia.

Cole was not arrested at the time of the search warrant, due to medical concerns. She is no longer a patient at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

The case is being referred to the Clark County prosecuting attorney’s office requesting she be charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver – a class B felony.

The hospital staff was cooperative and unaware that the illegal activity was taking place, police said.

Camas police were already familiar with Cole from a different incident in January 2015. At that time, she was arrested on suspicion of dealing methamphetamine out of her home in Washougal, and is currently awaiting trial on those charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

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