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A former North Buffalo and Lewiston restaurateur pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to distributing marijuana and cocaine as part of a cross-border conspiracy.

Filippo Inglima, who owned Filippo’s on Hertel Avenue and Villa Fortunata in Lewiston, admitted smuggling both drugs into the U.S. from Canada as part of a plea deal.

Prosecutors said he distributed more than 220 pounds of cocaine and nearly 4,000 pounds of marijuana on behalf of others involved in the conspiracy.

Inglima, 47, of Wheatfield will face from about 10 years to 17½ in prison when he is sentenced by Arcara. He also faces deportation to Italy.

His guilty plea came just five months after he pleaded guilty in state court to sexually abusing a teenage girl in Niagara County. Inglima was charged with molesting the girl in 2004 when she was 13 years old.

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