It is neighbored by the Lakemba and Wiley Park areas, which have more street crime than organized.
Telopea Street is located in the 2196 area of Punchbowl. At one time, the entire street was completely controlled by gangsters and was the place responsible for the plotting of many homicides, drug trafficking, loansharking, bookmaking, illegal gambling, prostitution etc.
The Darwiche, Razzak and Fahda crime family feud was recently reignited when the Boss of the Darwiche family was murdered in 2009.
In 2003, weapons, including rocket launchers, were believed to be stolen from the Australian army. The suspects were all from, or connected to, Punchbowl crime families. Included in the plot was Fidel Aouad, a convicted mobster, currently serving a tripple-life sentence, and Eddie Darwiche, a former mob boss, serving double-life plus 20 years.