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Woman arrested for dealing meth from hospital room sentenced to prison

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A woman arrested for dealing meth from her hospital room was sentenced to five years in prison.

A search warrant was served in the hospital room of 47-year-old Karin Cole at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in April.

Camas Police Department detectives said they had received reliable information that she was dealing methamphetamine during the time she was checked in as a patient.

Police said they found 6.5 grams of meth, along with a scale and packaging materials in her hospital room.

Investigators said she was selling meth to people visiting her in the hospital, not to other patients.

Due to her medical situation, Cole was not immediately arrested. Investigators did not reveal why she was in the hospital.

On July 30, she pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of meth with intent to deliver.

Cole was sentenced Monday to five years in prison.

Police said hospital workers were cooperative and completely unaware this was going on.

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center released a statement at the time the search warrant was served. It said, "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."

Police said Cole was previously arrested in January for selling meth from her Washougal home.

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