Fri November 15, 2013
Ashland Police Raid Opium Joints in 1913
The accused deposited $50 bail at the police station. When they said their drugs came from Jim Ling, the police sought a search warrant for the Second Street rooms of Ling, who was cooking at the Oregon Hotel at the time. Next police raided a number of Ashland and Medford rooming houses, and found more opium pipes and a supply of opium. Ling and another man were jailed with the rooming house proprietor. Ling, a member of the Chinese Hop See Tong group, first came to Ashland as a servant of a pioneer family. He had been indicted earlier on a charge of stabbing Wah Lee, a Medford laundry man, and for keeping a young woman as an opium slave.
Sources: "Opium Joints Raided." Ashland Tidings 23 Apr. 1913. Print; "Raid on Chinese Rooming House Nets 30 Tins of Opium." Medford Mail Tribune 21 Apr. 1913: 6.