The First Recorded Drug Bust in Mason Valley
Long before marijuana, cocaine, crack or meth, Mason Valley did have a drug problem. It was opium. Around 1910 the newspaper reported that there was a drug bust at the Mason Hotel in Mason. At the time, the Hotel was run by a China man by the name of Charlie Foo. Apparently he had quite a business selling opium to the Indians who frequented his establish. In the raid, $2,500 worth of opium was obtained.