Patient suspected of dealing drugs from Washington hospital bed

Authorities say a woman is suspected of dealing drugs from her Vancouver, Washington, hospital bed.

Sgt. David Chaney of the Camas Police Department says detectives learned that 47-year-old Karin Cole was dealing methamphetamine out of her room at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

A Clark County judge approved a search warrant, and Chaney says detectives on Thursday seized 6 ½ grams of meth, a digital scale and drug packaging materials.

Chaney says Cole wasn't arrested at the time of the search warrant because of medical concerns. He says the case is being referred to a prosecutor with the request she be charged with methamphetamine possession with intent to deliver.

Cole was arrested in January on suspicious of dealing meth out of her Washougal home, and she's awaiting trial in that case.