Fifty drug smugglers were hanged in Iran Wednesday, the official Iranian news agency reported.

The Islamic Republic News Agency said those executed - 48 men and two women - had been found guilty of possession and sale of more than 70,000 pounds of narcotics. Some also had been convicted of other crimes such as arms smuggling and theft, according to an agency report monitored in Nicosia.The executions are part of a nationwide crackdown on drugs. Since a new anti-drug law went into effect Jan. 21, Iran has reported 225 executions of drug smugglers.